National Geographic : 1938 Oct
(9) National Geographic Society Painting by Hashime Murayama LEOPARD SHARKS FEED VORACIOUSLY ON OTHER FISHES BUT ARE HARMLESS TO MAN Seldom does the LEOPARD SHARK (Triakis semifasciatum) exceed five feet in length. It is not related tothe great white shark, or"man-eater," that occasionally has injured bathers along the Pacific coast. Black bars across its back and upper sides distinguish itfrom the dangerous species. When the LEOPARD SHARK becomes entangled in a sardine purse net, it can do much damage, for needle-like spinescut the twine mesh.