'Tis the season for angels… angel sharks, that is. Introducing the last critter to be featured for TFUI in 2017: the gulf angel shark (Squatina heteroptera)! They are also known as the disparate angel shark.
The narrowfin smooth-hound (Mustelus norrisi) is a slender shark with large oval eyes that look down on the world over a pointed snout. They are a gray colour on top, that fades to a white colour beneath and sport long pectoral fins and an asymmetrical caudal (tail) fin.
The great lanternshark (Etmopterus princeps) is a small, black-ish (it’s sometimes more dark brown than black) that’s covered in hooked denticles. “Hooked?!” Yes, hooked. In fact, they resemble tiny teeth and also sport a grooved spine in front of its two dorsal fins. That second dorsal fin tends to be rather large and curved, making it a rather unique-looking critter.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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