Scientists Discover First Known Omnivorous Shark

Sharks are virtually synonymous with carnivorousness, but the bonnethead shark, as new research suggests, is a true flexitarian, capable of switching between meat and plant-based diets. Researchers from the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at the University of California, Irvine have shown that bonnethead sharks, previously thought to be exclusively carnivorous in their food choices, are capable of digesting and drawing nutrients from seagrass. It’s the first known omnivorous shark—a discovery that’s changing what we know of sharks and their role within aquatic ecosystems.

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