Today’s Underrated Elasmobranch, the kite fin shark (Dalatias licha) is classified within the family Dalatiidae. The recently discovered pocket shark (Mollisquama mississippiensis) and the cookie cutter shark (Isistius brasiliensis) are also found in this group.
These sharks are found in deep waters all over the world. They can grow up to 182 cm (5.97 ft). They are used to make products from their squalene, liver oil, leather, and meat. This fishery is part of the reason for their vulnerable ranking on the IUCN Red List (2017).
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
SEE MELISSA'S TEDx TALK HERE:
SEARCH BY CATEGORIES