But, alas, it’s an actual creature. And by no means is it a parrot/dog/fish hybrid (just picture that, please), but in fact a living, breathing and fully functional shark. One scientist was just like, “Heeeey, I’m gonna call you a birdbeak because of your funny snout.”
I see a pattern with big noses here. Ouch.
This shark is a slender, brown/grey colored shark with spines in front of both dorsal fins. Its first dorsal fin is longer and lower than the second dorsal fin, which looks like a proper dorsal fin. Don’t confuse these sharks with its similar relatives (the arrowhead dogfish, the longnose dogfish, the longnose velvet dogfish and the rough longnose dogfish).
All these sharks are found in the deep, however, ranging from 70-1,450 m (230- 4,757 ft) below the surface. They’re usually see in the Atlantic Ocean, from Iceland to the Faroe Islands to Namibia. I don’t know about you, but I think that just gives me another reason to go visit Iceland… you know, soon. For the sharks.
These little wee ones feast upon bony fish, cephalopods and crustaceans. They are fully mature and ready to mate around 25 years for females and 17 years of age for males. According to Shark Trust, these sharks only get to be 35 years old… meaning they don’t mature until late. Birthing rate/season isn’t solidified yet, but litters can reach up to 7 pups.
Due to being a deep-watered shark, they are mostly caught a bycatch in trawl and longline fisheries, however they are targeted (Australia) for its squalene. It can also be used for fishmeal and consumption, as well.
IUCN has listed these sharks as “Least Concern” (LC) for the time being.
What do you think- does it really look like it has a birdbeak?