The Caribbean lanternshark, Etmopterus hillianus, is a shark in the Etmopteridae family. It is found in the eastern and western Atlantic around 180-720 meters (590-2362 feet) deep. Here, it can be found on the upper continental and insular slopes of the ocean, preferring sandy bottoms.
If you know Melissa, you know she has an extreme love for horn sharks. Like, it might be a borderline obsession (not as much as her tiger shark one, but still…). The California Horn shark (Heterodontus francisci) is no exception to this rule.
The funny thing about sharks is that they come in an array of shapes and sizes. H. francisci does not have the shape of something that usually strikes a note of fear in the hearts of many. Instead, it’s kind of… okay, REALLY cute.
Out for a summer dip (well, for us in the Southern Hemisphere) lately? If you’re in the North Island of New Zealand, you may have another bronzed beauty taking advantage of the (warmer) waters. Hello, bronze whaler shark (Carcharhinus brachyurus).
Also known as the “copper shark,” or “narrowtooth shark,” they are the only member of the Carcharhinidae genus found at tropical and temperate latitudes. These sleek beauts were first described in New Zealand waters, and were even known as “New Zealand whalers” for a little bit. As its name suggests, it is bronze/grey-brown in color with a creamy underbelly. They can grow up to be about 11 ft (about 3.3 m), although you rarely see any that big. Like fine wine, they take their time to grow (about 30 years) and mature.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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