At Sarasota Fins, we’re all about diversity—including those in the deep (these particular sharks are usually in depths between 200 m-1500 m or 656 ft-4,921 ft)!
We introduce to you the many of deep water sharks: the False Catshark (Pseudotriakis microdon).
This deep-sea shark gets its name from its cat-like eyes.
It’s hard to see in the video, but they are a dark brown/grey color, with its fin edges being a bit duskier. Females grow to be 3 m (about 10 ft) in length, with males attaining a max of 2.7 m (8.8 ft).
They are viviparous, and also perform oophagy.
They are caught by longlines and bottom trawls, which may cause a severe depletion.
With these creatures being from the deep, we don’t know much more about them! But, when we do, count on Sarasota Fins to keep you up to date.
- Compagno, L.J.V. 1984. FAO species catalogue. Vol. 4, Sharks of the World. An annotated and illustrated catalogue of shark species known to date. Part 2 - Carcharhiniformes: 251-655. \
- Fishbase: Pseudotriakis microdon. [Online January 2003].
- Tricas, T.C., McCosker, J.E., & T.I. Walker. in Taylor, L. (Ed). 1997. Sharks & Rays. Harper Collins. Pp.288.