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