Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Video: Meet the Elephant Shark

Elephant Shark (Australian Ghosts Shark)
Meet the elephant shark, Callorhinchus milii. This odd looking fish, which is very closely related to the shark, inhabits subtropical continental shelf waters off the coast of Southern Australia and New Zealand. Alternative names for this unique fish are Australian Ghost Shark, Makorepe, Southern Beauty, and Whitefish.

The elephant shark lives at depths of at least 200 meters and feeds mainly on shellfish, bottom-living invertebrates and small fish. It grows to lengths of 60 and 120 centimeters (two to four feet).

The elephant shark has a long snout with a hoe shaped appendage which it uses to forage for food on the ocean floor. Its dorsal fin has a very sharp spine which is considered to be venomous although no serious injuries have ever been reported.

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