CAT! SHARK! CATSHARK!
We’ve really enjoyed Alien Sharks during shark week! They spotlighted small and unknown sharks. There are over 500 species of sharks in our oceans and we usually only hear about the biggies: great whites, tigers, whale sharks, etc… Today we’re featuring a small shark found off the coast of the UK! Can you guess it’s name?
MEET THE SMALL SPOTTED CATSHARK!
Diet: Carnivore: fish, mollusks
Length/Weight: up to 3 ¼ ft/ 6 ½ lbs
Conservation Status: common
- Small Spotted Catsharks are also known as the Lesser Spotted Catshark.
- Small spotted catsharks are the most common shark in Europe.
- They have smooth skin.
- They have spots to help them camouflage in with the ocean floor.
- Female small spotted catsharks lay eggs called mermaids purses.
These little sharks are great! We love that shark eggs are called mermaid purses– learn more about those from Professor Tamandua! Do you have a favorite not so well know shark?