Sharks are the most feared, deadly, and probably the most misunderstood marine creature. Though most of the sharks lived in the code of survival of the fittest, there are few known specie that are gentle like the megamouth.
Surprisingly, off the coast of Scotland, a rare weird-looking shark was caught by a group of marine biologists working for Marine Scotland who were tagging fish and other sea creatures during that time near the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides.
The blob-like shark is called Psuedotrakias microdo and dubbed as the “ugliest shark in Scotland.”
Because of the eyes of Psuedotrakias microdo are similar to that of an actual catshark, it was given the name ‘false catshark’ by Felix de Brito Capelo, a shark scientist from Portugal.
False catsharks came from the family of ground shark like the hammerhead. They have long, narrow eyes and a large, heavy body that can grow at least 10 feet long. They are so rare that it was first seen ten years ago and normally lives at depths of 4,600 ft. They can be found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans and it was the second time it was seen in Scotland.
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But this unusual shark is a bit out of proportion that it actually resembles a discarded sofa, thus it was given the moniker ‘sofa shark’.
It has a huge mouth that filled with small rows of teeth that mostly feed on bony fish, but they also hunt for bioluminescent lantern sharks, squids, and octopuses.
Dr. Francis Neat, a member of the Marine Scotland team said, “I was pretty surprised when it landed in our boat. We hadn’t seen one in ten years. It’s not unique to Scotland, but it’s certainly interesting to look at—it’s a big and baggy looking creature. It looks a lot like a soft, discarded sofa when it’s just lying there.”
“This is certainly an exciting catch—the deep-sea waters off Scotland’s west coast continue to throw up some surprising finds.” conservation officer Catherine Gordon said.
“Because so little is known about this species’ biology and population trends, the false catshark is listed as Data Deficient on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.” Gordon, who works at Shark Trust added.
The researchers measured and weighed the false catshark before they safely returned it back to the water. The particular shark was recorded 6-feet-long and weighed 60 kilograms.
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