Sharks are deadly, marine animals and that is why humans and other creatures that live in the deep are terrified of them. There are approximately 465 known species of this predator and they are at the top of the food chain.
Powerful, scary, yet elegant—these adjectives appropriately describe sharks. But how would you describe this kind of shark that was recently caught in the waters off the coast of Scotland?
A group of marine biologists working for Marine Scotland were incidentally tagging fish and other sea creatures near the Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides when they caught a rare, blob-like shark.
This shark is called Psuedotrakias microdon
The Isle of Barra in the Outer Hebrides
Otherwise known as false catshark, this type of shark looks so ugly that it actually resembles a discarded sofa. Thus, it was given the moniker ‘sofa shark’. However, its proper name came from Felix de Brito Capelo, a shark scientist from Portugal who thought the predator’s eyes are similar to that of an actual catshark.
They have a huge mouth filled with small rows of teeth
It has long, narrow eyes and a large, heavy body that can grow at least 10 feet long.
False catsharks and hammerhead sharks are related; they are both a member of the ground shark family. False catsharks primarily feed on bony fish, but they also hunt for bioluminescent lantern sharks, squid, and octopuses.
They normally live at depths of 4,600 ft.
Although this type of shark species is rare, it can be found in the Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian oceans. This is the only the second time a sofa shark was spotted in Scotland…
The first was seen 10 years ago
“I was pretty surprised when it landed in our boat. We hadn’t seen one in ten years,” said Dr. Francis Neat, a member of the Marine Scotland team.
“It’s not unique to Scotland, but it’s certainly interesting to look at—it’s a big and baggy looking creature.
“It looks a lot like a soft, discarded sofa when it’s just lying there,” he added.
The researchers measured and weighed the animal before they safely returned the sofa shark back to the water. This particular false catshark was 6-feet-long (2 meters) and weighed 9 stone (60 kilograms).
Catherine Gordon, a conservation officer said, “This is certainly an exciting catch—the deep-sea waters off Scotland’s west coast continue to throw up some surprising finds.
Gordon, who works at Shark Trust added, “Because so little is known about this species’ biology and population trends, the false catshark is listed as Data Deficient on the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.”
Blindfolded Strangers Lock Lips in Social Experiment Exploring Love At First Kiss
The thrilling social experiment will give all the feels…
Toronto-based cinematographer Jordan Oram decided to explore the possibility of falling in love at first kiss before being introduced into each other in a new social experiment.
The project titled “Kiss Me Now, Meet Me Later” had four pairs of strangers kiss while wearing blindfolds. But before they lock lips, the blindfolded pairs are led in front of the camera to meet for the first time, and have some awkward small talk.
Inspired by similar projects, Oram wants answer to his question: “What if it was like, you met someone, you kissed them, and then you introduce yourself and you build chemistry from that?”
The thrilling social experiment will give all the feels…...
Couple Busted For Robbing A Bank, After Posting Ridiculous Photos on Facebook
To cut the story short, both ended up in jail.
Bragging on Facebook - or anywhere else, for that matter - can be really bad. In fact, you can end up in jail for doing so.
Take it from this couple from Ohio who was recently arrested for robbing a bank and then posting photos of themselves, boasting their loot on social media.
I know that sounds like a terribly dumb thing to do but that’s exactly what John Mogan, 28, and Ashley Duboe, 24, did.
Released from jail just a few months ago for previously robbing another bank, you’d think Mogan would learn from his mistakes....
Terrifying Sinkhole Swallows Cars and Caravan in Australian Campsite
The area is being closely monitored and experts are discouraging people from staying in the area for now.
More than 200 meters of beachfront located at Inskip Point near Fraser Island in Queensland, Australia was swallowed by a sinkhole on Sunday.
Fortunately, no one was harmed but several tents, cars, and a caravan collapsed into the 3-meter deep hole. As a precaution, at least 300 people had been evacuated from the area.
Speaking to ABC News, witness Casey Hughes said: “It sounded like a thunder noise.”