These nocturnal, docile and sluggish sharks are certainly no man-eaters. 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 throats 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. They have thin, fleshy, whisker-like organs called ‘barbels’ situated on the lower jaw in front of the nostrils sense touch and taste which help the sharks locate potential food.