Shark-like shark found on the island of Italy
A shark reminiscent of a pig on the Italian Mediterranean island of Elba, not far from Tuscany, has drawn the attention of naval officials. The animal was found floating, apparently dead, and then taken to port.
According to the local portal News from Tuscany, The fish is a coarse shark, called in some regions the “pig shark”, its scientific name Axinodus centrina. The breed is characterized by a flat head, large eyes and a muzzle-shaped body. But that’s not all.
“This is commonly referred to as the ‘pig shark’ because when it comes out of the water it makes a sort of whisper,” said Yuri Diberto of Elba Fisheries. News from Tuscany.
According to the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) Red List of Endangered Species, sharks are abundant in the Mediterranean, where their dorsal fin and relatively large body are vulnerable to fishing activities.
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As a result, the number of sharks has been declining for decades and the species is considered vulnerable (a safer place than “dangerous” on the red list scale).
In July 2019, another odd-looking shark, born without skin and teeth, was discovered in Mediterranean waters by local fishermen. Surprisingly, the animal lived for up to 3 years.