We’ll tell you straight up: this next shark is listed by the IUCN as Data Deficient (DD) because of just how little information exists for them. Seems to be that way for quite a few of the catsharks and the Hoary catshark (Apristurus canutus) is no different.
Centroselachus crepidater has a multitude of really cool common names, which include Longnose velvet dogfish, Golden dogfish, Black shark, Deepwater dogfish, Longnose dogfish, Roughskin dogfish, and Smallspine dogfish. Phew! What a list!
To make it simple, TFUI will refer to Centroselachus crepidater as the Longnose velvet dogfish. It’s a fairly common but poorly studied species in the Somniosidae family (sleeper shark).
Plastic pollution in the ocean – a quick google search reveals what probably most people’s first guess would be when asked to think about plastic pollution in the ocean. We all know the photos of the floating bottles, shopping bags, ripped flip-flops and straws. These are the known villains in our fight against the plastic tide.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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