Lamna nasus (Porbeagle shark)
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Lamna nasus (Porbeagle shark) [Illustration
by Ann Hecht ©]
A stout, spindle-shaped shark with large black
eyes, a sharp conical snout, and small, smooth-edged, narrow cusped
teeth with side cusps. Colour dark blue-grey or grey-black above,
white below, with rear tip of 1st dorsal abruptly white.
West coast off Cape Town, possibly off Knysna; most
cold seas except North Pacific.
Oceanic and close inshore,
prefers cold water less than 18° C, ranging from the surface down to
Rare in the area. Bears 1 to 5 young. Feeds on small
schooling fish, dogfish sharks, soupfin sharks, and squid.
None in the area.