why-animals-do-the-thing: This footage of an adult zebra shark…

Posted on Sunday, July 16th, 2017 at 17:16
why-animals-do-the-thing: “This footage of an adult zebra shark is gorgeous. But, you’ll notice something a little weird… the “zebra” shark… is spotted? Zebra sharks are actually striped as juveniles, and those stripes fade as the animal reaches...
why-animals-do-the-thing: “This footage of an adult zebra shark is gorgeous. But, you’ll notice something a little weird… the “zebra” shark… is spotted? Zebra sharks are actually striped as juveniles, and those stripes fade as the animal reaches...
why-animals-do-the-thing: “This footage of an adult zebra shark is gorgeous. But, you’ll notice something a little weird… the “zebra” shark… is spotted? Zebra sharks are actually striped as juveniles, and those stripes fade as the animal reaches...

why-animals-do-the-thing:

This footage of an adult zebra shark is gorgeous. But, you’ll notice something a little weird… the “zebra” shark… is spotted?

Zebra sharks are actually striped as juveniles, and those stripes fade as the animal reaches maturity. They start out dark with white stripes, like this little goober:

(Photo Credit)

And slowly lose their stripes as they age, becoming light with dark “leopard-like” spots. 

(Photo Credit)

Do they actually loose the stripes or just grow more white skin as they grow? Looks like a similar black area to me…

(Source: gentlesharks)

Reblogged from CJMoseley.tumblr.com. I do not claim to be the copyright holder, or to insure links are maintained…

 
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