What is a spiny dogfish?
The dogfish, also called dogfish, is a small shark belonging to the shark family. It is common in the temperate and cold waters of the North Atlantic and the Mediterranean. The spiny dogfish is an active predator that hunts fish, crustaceans and cephalopods.
The spiny dogfish has a tapered and elongated body, a conical head and a large mouth. It has well developed pectoral fins, two dorsal fins and an asymmetrical tail. Spiny dogfish are generally brownish or grayish in color, with darker spots.
Spiny dogfish are found in the coastal waters of the North Atlantic, from Norway to Morocco, and in the Mediterranean. They are usually found in shallow waters near the coast, but can sometimes be found at greater depths.
Spiny dogfish have an average size of 80 to 100 cm, but can reach up to 1.5 meters. Females are generally larger than males.
The spiny dogfish feeds mainly on fish, crustaceans and cephalopods. It can also consume mollusks and marine worms.
Spiny dogfish is an oviparous shark, which means that females lay eggs that will hatch later.
Spiny dogfish are not considered dangerous to humans. Attacks on humans by spiny dogfish are very rare and are often the result of confusion with natural prey or defense against a threat. Spiny dogfish have no natural aggression towards humans and do not actively seek to attack them.
Some types of spiny dogfish, such as the spiny dogfish, are considered endangered species. Spiny dogfish populations have declined dramatically due to overfishing and destruction of their natural habitat.