The Prickly Shark Is A Strange Looking Fish

Discussion in 'Salt Water Fishing' started by Ace, Apr 10, 2006.

  1. Ace

    Ace New Member

    Messages:
    881
    State:
    Gastonia N
    Prickly Shark
    This little shark has a very strange shape. It is triangular in cross section and has a flat underside with two strong keel ridges along the edges. It has a high humped back and a small head. It gets its name from its rough spiky skin. Instead of scales, sharks have small sharp structures in the skin called “denticles”. They are typically about 0.1 mm long and make the skin feel like sand paper. In the prickly shark, the denticles are 10 times larger making it much more prickly. The shape of this shark may be due to its very large liver, which is full of oil. The oil is lighter than water and makes the animal float mid-water. This is called “neutral buoyancy”, which means that it can hang without needing to spend energy swimming. This shark has large nostrils and a small mouth with sharp upper teeth and blade-like bottom teeth. It uses these tools to track down and eat invertebrates and small fish on the seafloor. This shark occurs around New Zealand and southern Australia at depths of 100-800 metres. The other three species of this group (the “rough sharks" ) live in the Atlantic Ocean . :D


    :cat:
     
  2. RamRod

    RamRod New Member

    Messages:
    2,047
    State:
    Ohio
    Very interesting fish you got there. Thanks for sharing.
     

  3. QuincyFisher

    QuincyFisher New Member

    Messages:
    168
    State:
    Quincy,Illinois
    Keep these darn pics comin
     
  4. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

    Messages:
    2,002
    State:
    Allentown, Pennsylvania
    Ive seen alot of different sharks but that is the goofiest one Ive ever seen!!
     
  5. TexasCatfish

    TexasCatfish New Member

    Messages:
    54
    State:
    Texas
    I wouldn't mind seeing one of those in person.
     
  6. Lil Hooker

    Lil Hooker New Member

    Messages:
    223
    State:
    Your BackYard BOO
    thats a funky shark thanks for the pic
     
  7. Sean

    Sean New Member

    Messages:
    97
    State:
    Phoenix, AZ
    He looks tastey!
     
  8. kspor

    kspor New Member

    Messages:
    716
    State:
    Wichita Kansas
    Wild looking fish. I notice this one looks like its ready for cleaning. I wonder if they are good to eat or that oil is used for something.