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Angel Shark
(Squatina californica)

Angel Shark.  Copyright 1998 Mark Conlin.

The angel shark is lives on the sandy bottom of the ocean. It lives offshore, in bays, and along the fringe of kelp forests. Its flat body is gray with olive blotches and it has large pectoral fins that look like wings. Its shape and color help it to hide in the sand on the ocean bottom.

The angel shark preys on other fish by burying itself in the sand and ambushing them as they swim by. It likes to eat small fish and squid, and though it's not very dangerous to people, it can inflict a painful bite if surprised or harassed.


Photograph © Mark Conlin

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