TITLE

Dogfish

PUB. DATE
January 2009
SOURCE
World Book Science Dataset;1/1/2009, p1
SOURCE TYPE
Encyclopedia
DOC. TYPE
Reference Entry
ABSTRACT
Dogfish, the name given to several kinds of small sharks because they hunt in groups, like packs of dogs. Dogfish are found in waters near the shore. The spiny dogfish, or grayfish, is caught for its vitamin-rich liver oils; it has a sharp spine in front of each back, or dorsal, fin. Two species of smooth, or spineless, dogfish live in North American coastal waters. The Atlantic smooth dogfish is five feet (1.5 m) long; the Pacific smooth dogfish, about half that length. Most dogfish are pests to commercial fishermen because their raiding packs scatter smaller fish sought by fishermen and often foul nets.
ACCESSION #
37310008

 

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