A bizarre breed of shark has been discovered living off the coast of Scotland and this shark is said to be the world’s ugliest shark!
The sofa shark, also known as the false catfish, was discovered by Marine Scotland while they were conducting a deep sea survey. The creature, which resembles a blobfish, lives at the depths of 500 to 1400 meter and is rarely seen because it swims so close to the bottom of the ocean.
According to Catherine Gordon, a conservation officer at the Shark Trust,
This is certainly an exciting catch – the deep-sea waters off Scotland’s west coast continue to throw up some surprising finds. While this particular shark is commonly known as a false catshark (Pseudotriakis microdon), its description by one of the marine biologists aboard the survey vessel as a “Sofa Shark” is very apt given its anatomy: its large, soft body and fins together could suggest an inactive and sluggish lifestyle.
It typically swims deep in to the ocean floor devouring eels, squids, shrimps and octopus.
On the other hand, the sofa shark is scientifically called as the Psuedotrakias microdon. The slow creature earned its scientific name – microdon – due to the rows of tiny teeth that fill its large mouth.
I was pretty surprised when it landed in our boat. We hadn’t seen one in ten years. It’s not unique to Scotland but it’s certainly interesting to look at – it’s a big and baggy looking creature. It looks a lot like a soft, discarded sofa when it’s just lying there,” said Dr Francis Neat, who was one of the Marine Scotland team taking part in the survey.
Because so little is known about this species’ biology and population trends, the false catshark is listed as Data Deficient on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species,” said Gordon.