Pictures of a “pig-faced” shark drew attention when it was published by US Navy officials Italy Work in the tray area for a few days. They found the animal already afloat and dead and removed it from the Mediterranean.
However, the strange appearance is that of a familiar animal. Called in Portuguese the jagged angled shark (Oxynotus centrina), it is actually called a pig shark in some harbors because it makes a noise resembling a boar’s roar as it is pulled out of the water.
The angular bristle shark (Oxynotus centrina) found in the Mediterranean near the island of Elba – Photo: clone / Facebook / Isola d’Elba App
This species is on the endangered list because it lives in areas where there is a lot of hunting, and ends up being an accidental victim of this activity.
It has a small and wide body, but it is its head that really stands out, looking very different from more common sharks.
The rough-angled shark can be found almost along the coast of the Mediterranean and the west coast of Africa, as well as some areas of Europe.
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