According to his estimates, between 1,000 to 2,000 leopard sharks
died in the bay this year, but the death toll could be higher.
Some sharks, such as Gray Smooth-hound Sharks, use Eelgrass beds seasonally in Bolsa Chica (Espinoza and others 2011), while others are year-round residents, such as the Leopard Sharks
in Elkhom Slough, California (Carlisle and Starr 2009).
Triakis semifasciata distribution, mortality rate, yield, and stock replenishment estimates based on a tagging study in San Francisco Bay.
In Hayward Marsh, leopard shark
and topsmelt were the most abundant species caught with gill nets, whereas threespine stickleback and longjaw mudsucker were the most abundant species caught with minnow traps (Woods, 1981).
Elkhorn Slough is believed to function as a nursery area for several elasmobranchs, such as the leopard shark
(Ackerman, 1971, Barry, 1983; Talent, 1985), bat ray (Barry, 1983; Talent, 1985; Martin and Cailliet, 1988a), gray smoothhound (San Filippo, 1995), and possibly the shovelnose guitarfish (Herald et al., 1960).
On this 2.5-mile kayak trip around Tamales Bay, paddlers get a chance to see leopard sharks
, bat rays, and moon jellies (yes, they're touchable).
Last week, Moonie pastor Kevin Thompson, formerly of Jarrow, was locked up for one year for poaching thousands of leopard sharks
The leopard shark
occurs from Baja California, Mexico, to Oregon; maximum confirmed size is 180 cm TL (Kato et al., 1967), but fish over 146 cm TL are uncommon off central California (Herald et al., 1960; Kusher et al., 1992).
Leonie is the first leopard shark
ever documented to switch to asexual reproduction, according to (https://www.uq.edu.au/news/article/2017/01/leonie-queensland-leopard-shark-making-history) a statement from the University of Queensland Australia.
He has been sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to pay $100,000 (pounds 51,000) after pleading guilty to poaching thousands of leopard sharks
and selling them to aquariums and fish enthusiasts throughout the UK, the Netherlands and America.
He brings sand with him, and stories: of a giant ray, or a leopard shark
WILDLIFE SMUGGLER: Moonie minister Kevin Thompson, right, of Jarrow, and above, a leopard shark
pup - which can grow to 7ft.