This has to be my favorite species of hammerhead shark- ever. Why? Well, the hammerhead species is already unique due to their… well, hammer-shaped head. But this particular species, the winghead shark (Eusphyra blochii), stands out from its relatives. Why? Well, look at that elongated hammer-like head!
Part of the Chimaeridae family, our next deep-sea critter happens to be found in the eastern Pacific region (most observations in Costa Rican and Peru waters). But first, a quick #finfact! Did you know that ‘chimaera’ is Latin for “marine monster”? It certainly doesn’t look like a monster to us!
A small, slender whaler shark, the Australian sharpnose shark (which I almost named as the ‘sharknose’) is… well, it has a pretty sharp-looking nose indeed. It’s got a long, narrow snoot (yes, snoot, not snout) which are adorned with labial furrows on the corners of their mouth. On each side of their mouth, you can see a little over 10 pores… but maybe you don’t want to be THAT close to them.
TFUI Founder Melissa C. Marquez is author of all animal bios and "Behind the Fins" segments.
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