Un tiburón sarda merodea en el Mar de Las Calmas ante la presencia de varios buceadores.
(Smalltooth sand tiger in Calmas Sea in the presene of various divers.)
Photo: Sergio Hanquet
OCast solrrayo, Cat. salroig, L. Odontaspis ferox. Eng. smalltooth sand tiger; sawtooth fish. The dorsal is gray-brown or a medium gray. It can have ochre spots on the flanks and dorsum. Underneath, it is pale gray or white with dusty colored botches, which are present also on the pelvic fins. It is a stocky shark. The female can grow to be 360 cm long but in general they are about 300 cm. The male averages some 275 cm in length.
It is not well known as it lives at least 420 m below sea level. Due to a weak, unserrated tooth structure, it diets on small fishes, crustaceans and squid. Villena indicates that it was eaten in medieval Spain but being a large, tough fish, the meat was carved into pieces.
[ES: Shark Gallery. Mar 27, 03; and Villena/Calero. 2002:23a:37b]