The Lesser-Spotted Dogfish shark
When people think of sharks, the first
one that comes to mind is "Jaws" itself, which explains the bad reputation of
the Great White shark. Then you discover that there are in fact between 375
and 475 shark species in our oceans and you wonder: "Aren't all sharks the
same?" Well, the answer is "no". And one of these species is the
Lesser-Spotted Dogfish shark.
In fact, while sharks unfortunately
inherited the reputation of cold blooded killers, the reality is quite different as 80% of all shark species are
either incapable due to their size or due to their diet to attack humans. Nonetheless, it does not mean that you
should not be careful in shark territory. After all, if you step on it, it will defend
Since you probably don't know much, if
anything, about the Lesser-Spotted Dogfish shark, let's discover it together. The Lesser-Spotted Dogfish shark
belongs to the order of the Carcharhiniformes. Its scientific name is Scyliorhinus Canicula. It is quite popular in
the North Atlantic region from Northern Europe to Senegal. Its natural habitat also includes the Mediterranean
It is much smaller than its close
relatives: the Whaler, the Hammerhead and the Tiger shark. Like its cousins, it is known as a voracious predator.
Its maximal length is 100 cm and its weight can reach up to 3 kg. Its diet mainly includes: small fish,
crustaceans, squid and small mollusks.
This type of shark is oviparous, which
means that it lays eggs. During the breeding season, the female can lay up to 8 eggs a week and is doing so, two
eggs at a time. The eggs are enclosed in small pouches known as mermaids' purse. You can find them on seashores and
small rock pools.
Physically, its skin has a velvety look
and is covered in small spots a bit like a leopard. Its snout is wide, rounded and soft. Its eyes are shaped like a
cat's eye, which explains its nickname as the small Spotted Cat shark.
Unfortunately, like other Dogfish of
the shark species, is often used in recipes making it a popular choice of prey for fishermen.
If you wish to learn more about other
types of sharks, I invite you to visit the following page: Types of