Pyjama catsharks asleep in the pipeline

Sea life: Pyjama sharks

Pyjama catsharks asleep in the pipeline
Pyjama catsharks asleep in the pipeline

A reliable spot to see pyjama sharks (also called striped catsharks) is at the end of the pipeline at Long Beach. Unless raw sewerage is being pumped out there (unfortunately not as rare as you’d think), there is usually a small aggregation of these striking catsharks asleep in the shelter that the pipeline provides.

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These sharks are mostly nocturnal, and are endemic to South Africa – found in the Western and Eastern Cape. They eat other small sharks, shark egg cases, and invertebrates.

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Clare

Lapsed mathematician, creator of order, formulator of hypotheses. Lover of the ocean, being outdoors, the bush, reading, photography, travelling (especially in Africa) and road trips.

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