September 20, 2021

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A pig-like shark found on an Italian island

A pig-like shark found on an Italian island

A pig-like shark has caught the attention of naval officials on Elba, an Italian island in the Mediterranean not far from Tuscany. The animal was found afloat, apparently dead, and then taken to the dock.

According to the local portal Tuscany news, The fish is a ragged-angle shark, known as the “pork shark” in some areas, and its scientific name is Oxynotus Center. This species has physical characteristics such as a flat head, widely spaced eyes and, of course, a muzzle. but that is not all.

Yuri Tiberto from Elba Aquarium said to Tuscany news.

According to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Threatened Species, sharks are abundant in the Mediterranean, where their dorsal fins and relatively large bodies make them vulnerable to hunting.

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Because of this, shark numbers have been declining for decades and the species is considered vulnerable (a safer place than “endangered” on the Red List scale).

In July 2019, local fishermen found another strange-looking shark, which was born without skin or teeth. Surprisingly, the animal lived 3 years.

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