That’s not all I’ve learned about these sluggish, toothy predators, however. I also learned there’s another ragged tooth shark! Guys, meet the big eyed (or large eyed) ragged tooth shark (Odontaspis noronhai). Name doesn’t sound familiar? Don’t worry- we had no idea either!
This doesn’t mean I suggest eating it… but if someone wanted to get me a big eyed ragged tooth shark chocolate bar, I would eat it. (If you like chocolate, admit it, so would you.)
As for what they eat, they probably eat deep-watered fishies and squid (those teeth…the better to stab you with, my dear). Like their sand tiger relatives, they are probably ovoviviparous (giving birth to live offspring from eggs that hatch within the shark) and their young probably practice oophagy (developing embryos feeding on unfertilized eggs) or embryophagy (largest and strongest embryo eats its unworthy womb-mates).
So are these deep watered sharks a threat to humans? Unless you’re diving really deep, no. However, when caught, they are known to thrash and snap (sound like a Chihuahua?).
They were declared a protected species in the western North Atlantic by US National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS 50 CFR, Pt. 678)
Ever heard of this shark?