The bull shark is as aggressive as its name implies, and one of its victims has described an attack as similar to being hit by a truck [source: McCarthy]. Commonly seen over shallow sand and mud flats. These guys are edible, but marketed mostly as crab bait. Bonnethead sharks feed primarily on crustaceans, but they also eat clams, octopuses and small fish. "Everybody is a genius. The shark species sampled in this study range in threat status from least concern (bonnethead shark) to endangered (great hammerhead) by the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN). The bonnethead has a shovel-shaped head with a smooth edge. Reproduction Gives birth to live young. Nonetheless, the United States is a world leader in the protection of shark fisheries, having passed the Shark Finning Prohibition Act in 2000 and the Shark Conservation Act in 2010. A bloody slab of Americana if there ever was one, Jaws is frequently cited as having been a major catalyst in inflaming public sentiment against sharks. These species include the Great Hammerhead, the Smooth Hammerhead, Scalloped Hammerhead, Whitefin Hammerhead, Smalleye Hammerhead, Bonnethead, Scalloped Bonnethead, Scoophead, and the Winghead. Bonnets are the only sharks I eat because of their shellfish diet and low iodine content. You can marinate in beer, vinegar/water mixture or milk. Size Bonnetheads are the second smallest shark in the hammerhead family, averaging 30 to 48 inches long with a maximum reported total length of 59 inches. Top. Moves into deeper coastal waters during the colder months. A standard 7 or 8-weight rod and fifteen pound fluorocarbon is perfect for bonnethead sharks. You can keep a bonnethead with no minimum size limit. Litters contain 4-16 pups. With a total of 121 attacks, which includes 25 unprovoked fatal attacks, this shark has already earned its spot as one of the three most dangerous sharks. Lost in all this was the fact that bonnethead and the Atlantic sharpnose sharks are very, very easy to identify. BackCast Yaking Monster BONNETHEAD SHARK Sphyrna tiburo Habitat Abundant in nearshore Florida waters. What is worse than that is the amount of mercury found in sharks and all other marine predators. The bonnethead shark (Sphyrna tiburo), also known as the bonnet shark, bonnet nose shark, and shovelhead shark is one of nine species of hammerhead sharks.These sharks all have a unique hammer or shovel-shaped heads. There are only two shark species with urinary tracts so the rest pee through their skin and meat. Out of these nine species of Hammerhead Sharks, only about three of them are seen as a danger to people. The Bonnethead sharks are the only known shark species to be omnivorous, as they can consume both animal and plant materials. The bonnethead shark or shovelhead (Sphyrna tiburo) is a small member of the hammerhead shark genus Sphyrna, and part of the family Sphyrnidae.It is an abundant species on the American littoral, is the only shark species known to display sexual dimorphism in the morphology of the head, and is the only shark species known to be omnivorous. I wouldn’t. The bonnetheads don’t spook easily and can handle a lot of bad casts. But if you judge a fish by it's ability to climb a tree, it will live it's whole life believing that it is stupid.”- Albert Einstein. Are Hammerhead Sharks Endangered? The Bonnethead is neither aggressive nor dangerous to humans, also they are not known to bite, which may be due to their shy nature. The other three species are dangerous. Feeding Feeds primarily on crabs, shrimp, mollusks, and small fishes.