Evidence of the rare Angel shark found off the Welsh coast!

Scientist have found evidence that one of the world’s rarest shark species is living off the Welsh coast. Angel sharks are only established in the seas around the Canary Islands, meaning that Wales could be an important habitat for the crucially endangered species. Marine biologist Joanna Barker spotted a mention of the presence of the animals in Wales 100 years ago in a book. An appeal to fishermen and locals revealed photos of the sharks in the 1970s, as well as convincing reports of recent sightings.  The flat sharks spend most of their time on the seabed, where they are well camouflaged. They grow up to about 5ft in length and are also referred to as monkfish – though not the species we find at the fishmongers!



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