Terry Watts (sirterrywatts) wrote,
Terry Watts

Shark Week - Shovel Shark - Aptychotrema rostrata

Shovel sharks are a common sight for any fisherman who has ever patrolled a sandy flat, gone beach fishing along the coast, or the seagrass beds of any estuary on the eastern coast of Queensland or New South Wales.

Scientifically known as the Eastern Shovelnose Ray, the species is actually a type of garfish. Not much is known about these shark-ray's probably because they are very common. Their common name references their garden implement shaped head, a shovel.

Their diet consists of anything they can find on the bottom of the sea, including dead or half dead fish. Playing a very important role in keeping the reef healthy and in good order. Because if the dead fish build up, the reef would become poluted and at risk of biological hazards and fish related illnesses breaking out.

Another thing about this interesting fish, is that they are actually very good to eat. It is one of the better-kept secrets of the local fishermen, who will keep them if they catch one by accident.

Tags: aptychotrema rostrata, australia, eastern shovel-nosed ray, shark week, shovel shark
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