It was spotted on August 19 by sailors aboard the Darsena Medicea Marina in Portoferraio, on the Italian island of Elba. When they took it out of the water, it looked like a shark, but at first shocked, they decided it was a rare shark.
This animal has been identified as a rare angular shark (Oxynotus centrina), called a pig-faced shark.
And also, it is listed on the IUCN Red List as endangered, meaning it is rare and lives on average about 700 meters (2,300 feet) above the surface. Although the discovery took place three weeks ago, news has now gone viral with the release of photos of the bizarre-looking sea creature on social media. The statement immediately drew hundreds of critics, including Netizens’ comments that the shark had been captured and deliberately killed. After removing it from the water, the angular rough pool was taken to the port office for study and then disposed of.
Yuri Tiberto of Elba Aquarium told local media that it is rare; it is not uncommon to see it locally. He added: “It is commonly referred to as a’ pig fish’ because it emits some whine when it comes out of the water.
“In the biodiversity of the Tuscan Islands, it’s not uncommon to find this fish, and I can safely say that there are frequent reports of ‘pig fish’ ending up in local fishing nets. “I tried for a long time to host it in one of the tanks in the aquarium. But I gave it up because I saw that it was a species that was not adapted to slavery.” Angular rough sharks are known to live in the eastern Atlantic and Mediterranean. It is famous for its wide, flat head and its thick, blunt shell.
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