Angel shark article

They're named for their large, wing-like pectoral fins that resemble the arching of angel wings - but angel sharks are far from angelic. These creatures resemble the same colour and pattern as sand, allowing them to blend in with the sea floor and snatch unsuspecting prey

 

  • Angel sharks have the same colour and pattern as sand on the sea floor
  • This allows them to bury themselves and hide from  unsuspecting prey
  • When food swims by, it raises the front half of its body out of the sand
  • It opens its jaws, lunges forward and snags the prey with its needle-like teeth
  • They are named for their large, wing-like pectoral fins that resemble the arching of angel wings – but angel sharks are far from angelic.

    These creatures resemble the same colour and pattern as sand, allowing them to blend in with the sea floor and snatch unsuspecting prey swimming by.

    Although they can camouflage themselves from other marine animals, angel sharks have been unable to do so against commercial fishermen – making it the most threatened shark group in the world.

    A pdf version of the full article extracted from a Daily Mail article can be found here.

    Category: Outreach, Shark Bites

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