The ‘sofa shark’ from the deep sea will make you question the planet you’re living o n

AN extremely rare shark with a name as strange as its looks has been caught off the west coast of Scotland. The sofa shark, over two metres long, was caught by marine biologists during a deep sea survey off the Isle of Barra. The fish, properly known as a False Catshark, gets its nickname because of its flabby features, is only the second of its kind to be spotted in over a decade in British waters. A picture taken of it on the boat shows a blobfish-like creature with narrow eyes, a big mouth and broad head with a short, rounded snout. It was identified as a female and weighed almost 60 kilos - more than double the weight of the catshark that was spotted 15 years ago. Marine biologist Francis Neat was surprised to catch the shark during the survey.You are beautiful, no matter what they say… (Picture: HeMedia)

In case you needed reminding of how amazing and terrifying the deep sea can be, here is a ‘sofa shark’.

#TSNewsReport – Oct.03: This extremely rare fish, properly known as a ‘false catshark’, was discovered by researchers from the Scottish Shark Tagging programme near the remote islands of Barra and St Kilda.

It gets its rather unkind nickname because of its flabby features (hey, we feel ya, shark), and has been likened to a ‘blobfish’ – which was recently voted the ugliest animal in the world.

This sofa shark is only the second of its kind to have been discovered.

‘I was pretty surprised when it landed in our boat,’ marine biologist Francis Neat said.

‘We quickly measured and weighed it before sending it back into the water.

‘We hadn’t seen one in ten years. It’s not unique to Scotland but it’s certainly interesting to look at – it’s a big and baggy-looking creature.

‘It looks a lot like a soft, discarded sofa when it’s just lying there.’

This shark was a female, and she weighed almost 60kg.

But that’s nothing – sometimes they can grow up to three metres long, and can weigh around 125kg.

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