The Mysterious Appearance of Leopard Sharks at Cabrillo NM

Cabrillo National Monument


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: