While carrying out a study along the St Kilda archipelago in Scotland, marine biologists in Scotland accidentally captured a strange shark in their nets.
The animal was brought on board time to consider it and was returned to the water. The creature you can see in the above image was identified as a long dorsal shark (Pseudotriakis microdon).
Because of its unique appearance, is sometimes nicknamed the specimen false cat shark (in English “false catshark”).
“I was quite surprised when he landed on the boat,” said Francis Neat, marine biologist picked up by The Scotsman. The team led by the researcher has the opportunity to take the measures and the animal weighing. Their report shows a specimen of about 3 meters long and 60 kg. An unprecedented meeting Sharks long ridge moving in the depths of the western and eastern Atlantic.
According to Francis Neat, it is relatively difficult species to observe. The ast encounter with one of these animals in British waters dates back almost 10 years.
“I was pretty surprised when it landed in our boat,” marine biologist Francis Neat told the Scottman. “We quickly measured and weighed it before sending it back into the water…. It’s not unique to Scotland but it’s certainly interesting to look at—it’s a big and baggy-looking creature [that] looks a lot like a soft, discarded sofa when it’s just lying there.”
ts appearance is somewhat reminiscent of that of blobfish. This species of fish from the abyss was made famous ago shortly after receiving the title of the ugliest animal in the world organized by the Ugly Animal Preservation Society. Like the star specimen of social networks, the long dorsal shark has a flange body covered with a slimy skin.
Its color varies from pink and gray. A shark “sofa” “It looks much like a plush sofa thrown when slouching like that,” says Francis Neat commenting on the photo of the animal. As such, Anglophones sometimes nicknamed “sofa shark”, literally “shark sofa”. The softness of his organization does not prevent, however, to be an effective predator able to ambush prey.
The animal feeds on fish and other squid playing in the ocean depths. If the situation of its global population is unclear, the species has now joined the long list of specimens playing in Scottish waters. Encouraging news according to Francis Neat.
“There is not so long ago, there were only 32 different types of sharks in Scottish waters, but this year we discovered that there are actually 72 different species, many of whom live in deep waters,” a- he concluded.