The next shark on the line up was inspired by the video of a baby redspotted catshark (Schroederichthys chilensis) in its egg case. Here, you can see it still isn’t ready to hatch, in stage 4 of the 6 stages of development. The first layers of the egg case have been removed to expose the embryo; don’t worry, this won’t affect the development of the shark.
They don’t get too big, up to 0.62 m (62 cm), allowing them to snuggle in crevices and hide within rocks of rocky reefs and the kelp forests. At night, it’s a different story, where they hunt for crustaceans and other invertebrates.
The IUCN has this cute animals as 'Data Deficient' (DD). They are sometimes caught as bycatch for trawl or longlines. They’re a popular species for labs, which may lead to over-collection having an impact on populations.
Have you been to Chile and seen these little sharks?
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