Seal shark

Order: 
Squaliformes
Family: 
Squalidae

Marine fish with cartilaginous skeleton. Five gill opening. Short and rounded head. Eyes large, oval, green. Mouth full of fleshy, bloody lips; Denture with small and sharp upper teeth, and lower serrated edge widths. Two dorsal fins, without anal fin and with pelvic fins very late. Extremely wide caudal fin, with only slightly differentiated lower lobe. No spines in front of the dorsal fins. Very strong and grainy skin, like sandpaper. Blackish-brown uniform color. Fins with a thin white border. Up to 2 m in length.

International Designations

Germany: 
Scokoladenhai
France: 
Nègre
Italy: 
Zigrino
Portugal: 
Gata
UK: 
Seal shark
Japan: 
Yoroizame
Fishing gears: 
Hooks
Gillnets
FAO code: 
SCK
Scientific name: 
Dalatias licha
Type: 
Blue fish
Fishing areas: 
Area 21: the Northwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 27: the Northeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 31: the Western part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 34: the Eastern Central part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 37: the Mediterranean Sea and the Black Sea
Area 41: the Southwestern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 47: the Southeastern part of the Atlantic Ocean
Area 51: the Western part of the Indian Ocean
Area 57: the Eastern part of the Indian Ocean
Area 61: the Northwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 71: the Western Central part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 77: the Eastern Central part of the Pacific Ocean
Area 81: the Southwestern part of the Pacific Ocean
Global production (Tons): 
1952
Fishing seasons: 
JUN
JUL
AGO
SEP