We like to bring you #diversesharks here at The Fins United Initiative. With so many species to choose from, it’s no wonder that even we are surprised when coming across a critter that isn’t talked about. While more famous sharks like great whites or whale sharks are jawsome, the ones that aren’t as well-known are just as interesting.
Take, for instance, this week’s catshark, Eridacnis barbouri. While it’s genus name is from the Greek words “eri” and “dakno” meaning “very” and “to bite,” respectively, it will do no such thing as they are rather small, like most catsharks, only reaching a length of 34 cm (13.4 inches).
The golden eye shovelnose ray (Rhinobatos sainsburyi) may be one of my favourite common names of all time. Like, doesn’t the name “golden eye” just sound… so cool? (Or maybe I’m just riding a Thor movie high right now.)
The black ghostshark (Hydrolagus homonycteris) is a large (reaching up to 101 cm in length), uniformly dark brown to black coloured chimaera. Found off the continental slope and seamounts off south-eastern Australia between New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and Tasmania’s southern seamounts in 870-1450 metres (m), these deep sea chimaeras can also be seen off New Zealand waters, as deep as 500-1400 m.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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