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‘Sofa Shark’ Makes Rare Appearance Off Scotland

posted: 09/30/15
by: Discovery News
False catshark
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A shark with a less-than-ferocious mien was caught by marine biologists tagging and surveying sea life off the coast of Scotland.

The creature with the homely features is a false catshark (Psuedotrakias microdon), DailyMail reports. It's about 6 feet long and 132 pounds and was caught off the Isle of Barra.

Its lumpy look when lying still drove scientists to nickname it "sofa shark," as if the fish did not already have ample cause to harbor self-esteem issues.

The researchers who caught it were from Marine Scotland, and they say it's just the second time the species has been seen in Scottish waters.

The false catshark can reach nearly 10 feet long. It's widespread in distribution and can be found in the Pacific, Atlantic, and Indian Oceans, at depths up to around 4,900 feet. Eels, squid, octopus and mackerel are among the many types of sea fare it will eat.

After being measured and weighed, the shark with the face of a character actor was set back in the water.

via DailyMail

This post originally appeared on Discovery News

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