Common Smooth Hound

The common smooth-hound is a member of the family of the hound sharks (Triakidae) and the ground sharks  (Carcharhiniformes). This shark can be found on the continental shelf en on sea floors, from the tidal zone until 350 meters depth. Occasionally observed in open water, but prefers to feed just above the sea floor, hunting for crustaceans, … Read more

Blue Shark

The blue shark is a member of the family of the requiem sharks (Carcharhinidae), in the order of the Carcharhiniformes (ground sharks) . This shark lives in temperate and tropical open waters, and hunts just below the water surface. Blue sharks can conquer vast distances, f.i. along the coasts of North and South America, and are found … Read more

Basking Shark

The basking shark is a member of the family of the basking sharks  (Cetorhinidae), and the order of the  Lamniformes (mackerel sharks) . The basking shark can be found globally in cooler and temperate waters. This shark migrates and can be found in the upper layers of the ocean until a depth of approximately 200 meters. The … Read more

Angel Shark

The angel shark belongs to the family of the angel sharks  (Squatinidae) and the order of the angel sharks (Squatiniformes). This shark is named for its graceful, ‘winglike’ pectoral fins. It is a typical bottom dweller, most frequently observed on sandy bottoms, where it can cover itself in the sand,  leaving only its eyes visible. In … Read more

Shark Species

Sharks primarily live in saltwater, but some species can be found in brackish and freshwater. Sharks and rays (Elasmobranchii) are a subclass of the cartilaginous fishes ( (Chondrichthyes). The species in this subclass have jaws, paired fins and nostrils, a heart with its chambers in series, and skeletons made of cartilage rather than bone. The North Sea is … Read more