These nocturnal, docile and sluggish sharks are certainly no man-eater. They feed predominantly on bottom dwelling animals such as spiny lobsters, shrimps, crabs, sea urchins, squids, octopus, and fish such as mullets and stingrays. They use their relatively small mouths and large throat to suck in food items at high speed.
They can often be found in groups of up to 40, lying very close together during the day, even piling on top of each other. Thin, fleshy, whisker-like organs called ‘barbels’ situated on the lower jaw in front of the nostrils sense touch and taste- they help the shark locate potential food.