Horn Sharks are a fun find in San Diego. You’ll come across the babies in patches of grass and kelp mostly, and they are the cutest little sharks! I’ve come across the adults mostly in the shallows of La Jolla Shores at night or the rocky bottom of La Jolla Cove. They tend to average 3-4 feet as adults. They are bottom dwellers and either brave or just lazy because divers don’t seem to bother them much. 🙂
Horn Shark Facts:
- These small, elusive sharks prefer shallow waters less than 40 feet deep. They spend their days hiding under ledges, in caves or among kelp and other seaweeds; they hunt at night. Horn sharks feed on seafloor invertebrates, especially sea urchins and crabs, and occasionally on small fishes.
- Horn sharks are bottom-dwellers. It spends most of its life on a depth of 6.5 to 35 feet, on the sandy flats and rocky reefs.
- They migrate into deeper water during the winter, but it never travels more than 10 miles (the longest recorded distance traveled by horn shark).
- horn sharks are also best known for their beautiful spiral-shaped egg cases, which females wedge between rocks in the springtime.