New species of shark discovered in Scottish waters

False CatsharkFinding strange and unusual looking elasmobranchs in the deep sea is not uncommon but following a recent deep sea survey scientists from Marine Scotland noticed a species that they had not seen before. Following some careful research it was established that the fish (pictured to the right) was in fact a false catshark sometimes known as a sofa shark (Psuedotrakias microdon).

This is not a species that has previously been found in Scottish waters and is a welcome addition to our list! Last year, in conjunction with Marine Scotland and Shark Trust, The SSTP compiled the first comprehensive list of Scottish elasmobranchs and this species now brings the total to an amazing 72!

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