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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.   Fall,Geotagged,Malta,Nursehound,Scyliorhinus stellaris,cirkewwa,malta,sea,shark,underwater,water Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

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.

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  1. Incredible to think that this shark was reared from a dead parent. That is some serious conservation effort! Posted 5 years ago
  2. It certainly is. All credit goes to the founding members of Shark-Lab Malta. This is a continuous programme also, many more to be released! Posted 5 years ago
  3. An inspiring story and wonderful species intro, promoted! Posted 5 years ago

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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

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Uploaded Jan 29, 2015. Captured Nov 9, 2014 10:35 in Triq Il- Marfa, Il-Mellieħa, Malta.
  • Canon PowerShot S120
  • f/4.5
  • 1/320s
  • ISO400
  • 17.873mm