Pacific Angel Shark

Squatina californica

  • Rare
  • Demersal (3 to 183 m)
  • Length to 1.5 m (5 feet)
  • Distinctive appearance, flattened body, large pectoral fins
  • Gray to brown with scattered dark spots, white below
  • Large terminal mouth with barbels on anterior margin

Everyone that encounters a Basking Shark, Bluntnose Sixgill Shark, Tope Shark, or any other shark species in BC (with the exception of North Pacific Spiny Dogfish) is encouraged to document and report the encounter to DFO.

Sharks of British Columbia poster (PDF)

Codes of conduct: Shark encounters

Pacific Angel Shark
Pacific Angel Shark. © Shutterstock.

Pacific Angel Shark. © Shutterstock.

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