Pig-faced shark found in Mediterranean sea becomes sensation overnight Children’s press article


Italian Navy officers removed a dead pig-faced shark from the Mediterranean Sea on August 15, 2021 (Sola d’Elba App / Facebook)

A fish with the body of a shark and the face of a pig may look like something law of a science fiction movie. But this precisely describes the dead shark recovered waters off the island of Elba in Italy on August 15, 2021. Unsurprisingly, photos of the unusual animal, posted on the Elba Island app’s Facebook page on September 3, 2021, caused a stir worldwide. However, the locals are not impressed.

Angular sharks, a.k.a. “pigfish”, are common in the Eastern Atlantic Ocean – from Norway to South Africa, passing through the entire Mediterranean Sea. Sharks, which feed toward, shellfish, and mollusks, can be found at depths between 200 and 2,200 feet (60 to 670 meters). While most individuals reach around 3.3 feet (1 meter), researchers have found some as long as 4.9 feet (1.5 meters).

Angular sharks can be found abundantly in the eastern Atlantic Ocean (Credit: Sola d’Elba App / Facebook)

“This fish is enough frequent in our waters: it is commonly called “pig fish” because when it comes out of the water it emits a sort of growl,“Yuri Tiberto, owner of the Elba Aquarium, told News from the media from Tuscany. “It’s the catch certainly can’t be said exceptional. Indeed, in recent years, several other specimens were captured. “

The Awide eyes, flat head and large pinkish muzzle are not their alone unique characteristics. They have many others attributes that are not common in other sharks species. These include two massive sharp dorsal fins, rough scales or denticles, on the skin and important ridges above the eyes.

A shark without skin or teeth found in July 2019 was the first of its kind (Credit: Mulas et al.)

Pigfish are not the only unusual shark recently discovered in the Mediterranean Sea. In July 2019, fishermen tore off a “naked” shark, a shark that appeared to have been born without skin or teeth. The one-of-a-kind fish had managed to survive for three years before dying in the fishermen’s net.

Resources: Livescience.com, wild-facts.com, natureworldnews.com

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