The Pacific Angelshark

The Pacific Angel Shark looks something like a squashed shark mixed with a ray. This type of shark spends a majority of it's time on the sea floor, not moving for days, as it is an ambush predator.

The Pacific Angelshark

The maximum length of a Pacific angelshark is 5 feet (1.5m) and it can weigh up to 60 pounds (27kg). They are normally found between depths of 0 – 1000 feet (0-300m)

Distribution: Continental shelf of the Eastern Pacific

You can identify the Pacific angelshark by its sandy/grey back, with dark spots and rings scattered along its body, providing a great camouflage. The major distinguishing factor for marking this creature as a shark is by its gills, which sit on the side of its head, unlike rays which have their gills underneath.

In this clip below you can see a Pacific angelshark giving birth. Females give birth to litters of six to 10 pups after a gestation period of nine to 10 months. Typically the young do not mature until they are around 10 years of age and can live well into their mid 30s.

The Pacific angelshark is categorizes as ‘Near Threatened’ on the IUCN Red List of endangered species.