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Bluntnose Sixgill Cowshark
What To Look For:
This large, heavybodied shark is a sluggish swimmer that
occurs anywhere from the surface to depths of 2000 m. The
colouring varies between pale grey and black-grey to
chocolate-brown, fading to grey-white underneath. Most
have a pale streak on the lateral line. The comb-shaped
teeth are designed to grip a wide variety of slippery
Up to 5 m.
Widely distributed in tropical and temperate seas. Mostly
offshore near the bottom in dee water down to at least 930
m, elsewhere over 1875 m; sometimes rises to the surface at
night and penetrates close inshore.
Omnivorous, feeds on other sharks, rays, chimaeras, bony
fish, hagfish, lamprey, whale meat, crabs, shrimp, squid,
octopus and even seals.
Litters of over 100 pups have been recorded.
Danger To Humans:
Not known to attack, but can be aggressive if provoked.
Caugth by bottom trawlers, line boats ans also by sports
anglers. Little utilized.
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