The mid-continental slope in the Great Australian Bight seems to be home to many animals, including the blotched skate (Notoraja sticta)! Known only from a few specimens, much is unknown (like diet and reproduction method). However, that doesn’t take away from how pretty these animals are.
The Coffin ray (Hypnos monopterygius) is a small ray with a mighty large disc. In fact, it’s pelvic fins almost form another, smaller circular disc which means… to be honest, I was going to make some kind of geeky revelation then realized I had nothing so let’s just say they’re a cool-looking animal. They have small, similar-sized dorsal fins but the coolest thing about these animals reveals itself when they’re dead: they tend to look more “coffin-like” after they’ve passed, which may be why the common name is what it is. If not, someone should look into this.
We’re starting November with the finetooth shark (Carcharhinus isodon), a relatively small shark (it only gets up to 1.9 m or 6.2 ft)! Name doesn’t ring a bell? No worries, you might know them as something else!
They are also known as the “Eventooth shark,” “Smooth-tooth shark,” and “night shark.” This slender shark can be easily identified by its needle-like teeth that gives it the common name “finetooth.” A dark blue-gray colour on top, it has a creamy underbelly and long gill slits.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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