The Pacific Angel shark

The Pacific Angel shark may often be confused with rays and skates but are in fact belonging to the sharks' family. Although they are closely related to rays and share some of the same characteristics, they still belong to separate groups. One of the characteristics they both share is the fact that they both are cartilaginous fish.

The scientific name of the Pacific Angel shark is Squatina californica and it belongs to the order of the Squatiniformes. Now, here are some facts about angel sharks. This specie of Angel shark can reach up to 150 cm in length. The Angel shark weight can measure up to 27 kg.

The Pacific Angel shark is also called monkfish as the shape of its head resembles a monk's hood. This shark species buries itself in muddy or sandy seabeds during the day, which explains the fact that it is said to be a bottom-dwelling fish. Its brownish color enables it to camouflage itself easily to avoid being noticed by predators and unsuspected preys.

The Angel shark habitat of this species can be found in the Eastern Pacific coastal waters following the Americas' coastline. The Angel shark feeding technique is simple. It camouflages itself into the seabed than attacks an unsuspecting prey that is swimming by. The Pacific Angel fish feeds mainly on bony fish, octopus, crustaceans and squid.

The type of reproductive system related to the angel shark is viviparous, which means that it gives birth to live pups. Each litter contains between one and twelve pups.

If you wish to learn more about other types of sharks, I invite you to visit the following main page: Types of sharks.