Smooth dogfish shark, also known as a dusky smooth-hound, can change their color from dark to light in order to camouflage themselves from predators.
The sharks in our touch pool at the Indianapolis Zoo are all males. The females can be found swimming with the cownose rays in the large aquarium when you enter Oceans.
Look no further. Connect with our amazing animals and learn about the wild places they come from.
This seasonal animal chat includes a discussion of the smooth dogfish shark’s unique characteristics and interesting behaviors, which you can observe through close encounters. Also, during the chat, you’ll learn how important they are to their ecosystems, and how you can help sea life by making more sustainable seafood choices. The dog shark chat is held in the Oceans exhibit, which features the nation’s largest shark touch tank in the Firestone Gallery.
Everyone has the power to help save wild things and wild places. That power is your individual voice, your awareness and your actions. So in addition to visiting the Zoo and meeting our animal ambassadors, here are a few simple suggestions that will help save their counterparts in the wild.