Natal Shyshark (Haploblepharus kistnasamyi, Red List IUCN status: Critically Endangered)
A benthic species that lives in shallow coastal waters, the natal shyshark can be found in the surf zone and shallow rocky reefs at a depth of less than 30 metres in a small area of South Africa from the Western Cape to KwaZulu-Natal. Coastal development has destroyed its habitat particularly in the vicinity of Durban. Heavy fishing in the area has also affected its numbers. Scientifically named after South African shark researcher Nat Kristnasamy, who originally discovered it, the natal shyshark is so named because they can curl into a ring and cover their eyes with their tails when threatened. What is known about the critically endangered natal shyshark is derived from just three adult males observed in the wild.