WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- Italian naval officers caught a weird-looking creature that looks like a pig but has a body of a shark within the waters of Portoferraio town in Elba island.
- The “pig-faced shark” was reportedly known to live around 700 meters beneath the sea.
- The International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) listed the fish among the endangered species.
Italian sailors were shocked upon discovering that they captured a unique type of fish — having the face of a pig but with the body of a shark — last month. Photos of the rare animal easily went viral online.
Officials have identified the fish as an extremely rare Angular rough shark, which is also known as a pig-faced shark.
The NDTV reported that the rare fish was seen floating in the town of Portoferraio on the Italian island of Elba. A group of sailors located the shark at the Darsena Medicea marina. They got goosebumps upon seeing the appearance of the fish as they pulled it to the boat.
The weird-looking fish was brought to the Harbour Office for further study. The pig-faced shark could live up to 700 meters below the sea, which meant that it is indeed very rare to be seen by humans.
Photos featuring the shark were posted on Facebook early this month and netizens had gone confused by its looks. It quickly gained public attention while some people even condemned the naval officers for capturing it.
In his interview with local media, Elba Aquarium’s Yuri Tiberto shared that “in Tuscan archipelago, which is so rich in biodiversity is a bit common to find this fish, and I can safely say that many times before I have received reports telling me of ‘pig fish’ ended up fishing nets of local people.”
The shark, which is observed to have a broad head with a fat snout, is reportedly known to live in the East Atlantic Ocean and the Mediterranean Sea.
The shark was listed by the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN) as endangered.