|Re: Shark Identification Photos|
Posted by Dr. Bill Bushing on May 04, 2006 at 19:19:01:|
In Reply to: Shark Identification Photos posted by Walt on May 04, 2006 at 12:53:52:
Not having seen the photos themselves, I offered the suggestion of soupfins based on the description provided. I note above that these sharks had "distinctive tails." The dorsal (upper) lobe of a soupfin's tail is elongated which may be what this references.
Soupfins seem to have come in on Catalina's leeward side a bit earlier this year. They used to be seen more regularly on the windward side, but started coming around to the leeward over the past few years. We hope this is a sign their population is recovery from years of harvesting for vitamin A and sharkfin soup.
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