Rare Tope Shark found on Newquay Beach

On Thursday (19th March 2015) the body of a rare shark was been found washed up on a Newquay beach. The Shark Trust said “Based on the position of the dorsal fin, it looks like a tope”.

Tope? Washed up on Porth beach (c) @Newquaybeach

Tope? Washed up on Porth beach (c) @Newquaybeach

Newquay Beachcombers posted a picture on Twitter (see below).

A rare shark believed to be almost five feet long was discovered washed up on a Newquay beach on Thursday.

The fearsome sea predator was found by Annabelle King as she walked along Porth beach.

Source: Cornish Guardian

Galeorhinus galeus is a houndshark of the family Triakidae, and the only member of the genus Galeorhinus. Common names include school shark, tope shark, soupfin shark, and snapper shark. It is found worldwide in temperate seas at depths down to about 800 metres (2,600 ft). It can grow to a length nearly 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) long. It feeds both in mid-water and near the seabed, and its reproduction is ovoviviparous. This shark is caught in fisheries for its flesh, its fins, and its liver, which has a very high vitamin A content. The IUCN has classified this species as “Vulnerable” in its Red List of Threatened Species. (Wikipedia)

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