What To Look For:
Given its name by the scattered whitish denticles over
the body. The body varies between dark purplish-grey
and brown, the underside being paler. This large,
sluggish shark lives mostly on the sea bed to depths of
1000 m, and only rately frequents shallow water.
Males reach 2,5-2 m; females 2-2,5 m.
Scattered in tropical and temperate seas mainly in the
North-Eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean.
Smaller sharks, other fish and crabs.
Live-bearer, with about 20 young per litter.
Danger To Humans:
Not known to be dangerous. Occasionally hooked by shore
anglers. May be used in traditional medicine.