- 15/02/19 - World
Scientists have found evidence that one of the world's rarest sharks is alive and well, living off the Welsh coast.
Sightings from fishing boats suggest the mysterious angel shark is nesting in Welsh waters, but still nobody knows exactly where. The shark's only known habitat is the Canary Islands, where the animals have been filmed on the seabed. Wales could be a key habitat for the critically endangered shark, which is from an ancient and unique family, flat sharks, that spend much of the time camouflaged on the bottom of the seabed, where they lie in wait for fish. Once common across the east Atlantic and Mediterranean seas, historic records suggest the Welsh coast may have been an important habitat. Angel sharks have become increasingly rare because of a number of threats, including habitat disturbance, pollution and accidental fishing catches.
This shark could be kept captive, unlike the Great White, as it does not have a red muscle but it is so rare to get hold of. We have almost no idea of this creature in terms of habitat.