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Meet the leopard shark.
It's an impressive looking fish with distinctive markings reminiscent of the big cat for which it's named.
The leopard shark's broad, slender snout fronts a similarly sleek frame that's typically only about 4 to 6 feet long, though some can grow up to 7 feet long.
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Compared to other sharks that range widely throughout Earth's oceans, leopard sharks have a relatively narrow slice of water they call home – from Oregon down to the Gulf of Mexico in the eastern Pacific Ocean.
They like sandy or muddy estuaries and bays and typically spend their time in shallow waters only about 20 feet deep, though they've been documented patrolling depths of up to 300 feet (so don't accuse them of being afraid of depths).
The sea floor is a leopard shark's dinner table. They're opportunistic feeders that eat octopus, little bony fishes, other fish's eggs, worms, and crustaceans, to name a few things they enjoy.
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