Rare false catshark caught in Scottish waters
Although finding strange and unusual looking elasmobranchs in the deep sea is not uncommon, this particular find by deep sea survey scientists from Marine Scotland was special as they noticed a species that they had not seen before. Following some careful research it was established that the fish was in fact a false catshark sometimes known as a sofa shark (Psuedotrakias microdon).
The scientists who captured the fish off Barra said it raised the number of sharks and related cartilaginous fish, known as elasmobranchs, living around Scotland to 72.
The researchers measured and weighed the shark before returning it to the water.