Published: Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Strange Quest

Rare sharks near Australia

A male mandarin dogfish shark that was spotted along with a pregnant female in the waters off western Australia, far from their usual stomping grounds near Indonesia.

A male mandarin dogfish shark that was spotted along with a pregnant female in the waters off western Australia, far from their usual stomping grounds near Indonesia.

A rare shark couple found for the first time off the coast of Australia may force a rethink of the species’ range.
Two years ago, a sport fisherman caught a pair of rare sharks off Rottnest Island in Western Australia. The duo, a male shark about 3.3 feet (1 meter) long and a pregnant female about 3.9 feet (1.2 m) long, looked different from the sharks that normally prowl the Australian waters. The female was carrying 22 pups.
The fishermen gave the sharks to ocean researchers at the University of Western Australia.

Source: live science