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Vegetable-chomping hammerheads

Sixty percent of the bonnethead shark’s diet is made up of seagrass, making it the first bona fide omnivorous shark

The Guardian

“We should be taking a closer look at what animals are consuming, digesting, and excreting in their environments around the world, because it impacts habitats that we depend on as well,” Leigh added.

At the moment, there are few suspicions that other shark species have broadened their diets to consume plants as well as meat. That would call for an even more drastic rewriting of the textbooks. “If other species are taking omnivorous digestive strategies as well, then we’d need to reevaluate their role as top predators,” said Leigh.

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