"Jaws" Leopard Shark. Photo by Kambiz Kamrani. 2005The Facts:
Size: At birth, Leopard Sharks are 7-8 inches. At maturity males are 28-47 inches, females are larger, 43-51 inches. The maximum recorded length is 71 inches.
Reproduction: Males mature at 7years, females at 10 years. They are ovoviviparous, meaning that they give birth to live young that have hatched from eggs within the body. The gestation period is around 12 months, at which point they give birth to 4-30 pups alternate years.
Diet: Juveniles mainly eat shore crabs. While adults have learned a scattered diet of small fish, rock crab, worms, clam siphons, and fish eggs.
Habitat: Leopard sharks are found in and around estuaries, sand bars, rocky reefs, kelp forests and especially like pliable muddy bottoms where food can be found and pried out easily.
Depth: Intertidal, literally inches deep, to about 300 feet.