A group of us were watching humpback whales lunge feeding in the distance when someone spotted this five foot leopard shark on the beach where the harbor seals are pupping. By the time i could get my camera up to take a picture, it was already going back into the water. None of us saw why is got beached for that brief moment. But it was exciting to see.
As I was reading up on leopard sharks, I thought it interesting that they usually stay in an area and do not seem to like going distances. So this one is probably out there most of the time but we just do not see it. And it likes shallow water to feed in which the cove would offer most of the time. They take up to ten years to be able to reproduce. Yikes!
The other thing I found interesting is that the species is aplacental viviparous, meaning that the young hatch inside the uterus and are nourished by yolk. From March to June, the female gives birth to as many as 37 young after a gestation period of 10–12 months. It is relatively slow-growing and takes many years to mature.
For more about the leopard shark, check out this link:https://www.montereybayaquarium.org/animal-guide/fishes/leopard-shark
And the title came from memories of band in high school playing Smoke on the Water/Shark out of Water. Thank me later for that being stuck in your head.