Shark Washes up on Hendry’s Beach

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Shark Washes up on Hendry’s Beach
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A Six Gill shark washed up on Hendry's beach a few hundred feet from the boathouse. Approximately 6 feet in length the shark is intact and not yet decomposing as of 9-9-2020.

An injury to the gills appears as the only irregular finding. Males of the species are sometimes known to bite females over the gills before mating.


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Dead shark west of Hendry’s on 9/9/20. What kind of shark is this?

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PitLocal Sep 10, 2020 09:37 AM
Shark Washes up on Hendry’s Beach

Those things are so prehistoric. I've never seen one washed up on the beach. Very interesting. Thanks for sharing!

sacjon Sep 10, 2020 09:58 AM
Shark Washes up on Hendry’s Beach

How cool! Didn't know six gills were in the area. I always thought they were a colder water shark species.

MesaBright Sep 10, 2020 03:31 PM
Shark Washes up on Hendry’s Beach

I took a look at this shark today. I think it is a Prickly Shark, Echinorhinus cookei, especially noting placement of the two very small dorsal fins way back , tail shape and the type of denticle scales. And it had only five gill slits.

BluejaySB Sep 11, 2020 11:12 AM
Shark Washes up on Hendry’s Beach

Thank goodness for Mesabright, stating common and Scientific name with reasoning for the ID. Why open the article with a statement identifying the shark as a Six Gill, and ending the article with the question “What shark is this? “
The shark only had five gills! My three-year-old son could’ve ruled out six gill.
And Spearo stating as fact that it was a Soupfin shark, when Soupfin sharks have a large central dorsal fin, was incorrect. Why not say, “I believe or It may be”?
I also believe this to be Echinorhinus cookei based on shape, fin location and a tooth.

love my bubble Sep 11, 2020 04:21 PM
Shark Washes up on Hendry’s Beach

Prickly Shark, Echinorhinus cookei
Looked it up after seeing previous post. The placement of the fins is correct for the found shark.

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