The Mysterious Appearance of Leopard Sharks at Cabrillo NM

Visit our keyboard shortcuts docs for details
3 minutes, 3 seconds

Excursions to the rocky intertidal zone can reveal a vast diversity of marine life. However, in remote sections of Cabrillo's intertidal habitat, park biologists and volunteers have recently discovered a most unusual group of visitors. Aggregating in large numbers, juvenile Leopard Sharks (Triakis semifasciata) scout the shallow seagrass beds for their crustacean and mollusk prey. Though commonly observed in other areas of San Diego County, we are currently working alongside local shark expert, Dr. Andy Nosal of Scripps Institute of Oceanography, to investigate their latest attraction to our waters. To learn more about Dr. Nosal and his research group, visit:

November 04, 2016 Posted by: Alex Warneke



leopard sharks, Science-in-Action

Last updated: November 7, 2016

Park footer

Contact Info

Mailing Address:

1800 Cabrillo Memorial Drive
San Diego, CA 92106


619 523-4285

Contact Us