apr 29 2012

Small-spotted catshark with egg-cases

Published by at 9:24 am under Fish and fishing,Sharks

The small-spotted catshark (Scyliorhinus canicula) is not a common catch in Norwegian waters, but once in a while a shark get caught in a fishing net.

catshark picture

The pictures on this page show a small-spotted catshark caught in the southern part of Norway (near Egersund). The fisherman (Øivind Mong) was a bit surprised when he found eggs in the shark. Several egg-cases were found and each egg has «strings» attached to each corner (see picture below). These strings help the egg-casees to «hold on» to something on the bottom. It takes 5-11 months for the embryos to develop.

Catshark egg

Thanks to Øivind Mong for the pictures.

4 responses so far

4 Responses to “Small-spotted catshark with egg-cases”

  1. Hans Hageneson 25 aug 2012 at 7:00 pm

    Cool, I also got one today outside Egersund at 45 meters depth, bait was herring. I was surprised that it was still alive after more than 2 hours in the boat. The catshark was then released.

  2. ross winseron 14 nov 2012 at 2:38 am

    its a lesser spotted dogfish, found in there thousands in brittish warters and pain in the arse if you are trawling and come into a large bank of them. spent many hours pulling these out of the gear. bad times lol

  3. Nickon 21 feb 2013 at 4:11 pm

    Why were they so surprised that this fish was carrying eggs. Was it just the particular time of year or just that this fish is so rare in Norway’s waters.

  4. adminon 21 feb 2013 at 5:45 pm

    Small-spotted catshark is a rare shark in Norwegian waters – and it is therefore also unusual to catch a shark with eggs.