Juvenile Nursehound Shark (Scyliorhinus stellaris) lies on the seabed, Cirkewwa, Malta.
This Nursehound shark was photographed back in its natural environment, being one of many released back into the wild after being reared in captivity by members of Sharklab-Malta organisation. The juvenile sharks were initially captured in their embryonic state (as a mermaids purse) from dead sharks landed at the local Maltese fish markets.
The nursehound , also known as the large-spotted dogfish, greater spotted dogfish, or bull huss, is a species of catshark, belonging to the family Scyliorhinidae, found in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean. It is generally found among rocks or algae at a depth of 20–60 m . Growing up to 1.6 m long, the nursehound has a robust body with a broad, rounded head and two dorsal fins placed far back. It shares its range with the more common and closely related small-spotted catshark , which it.. more