Time and Tide Bell ~ #200Fish
A Continuing Arts Programme facing Lincolnshire's Coast
#200Fish is a community project to create works of art based on each of the species of fish found in the North Sea
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Fish # 09 Birdbeak Dogfish Deania calcea ~ Jonathan Bean
Digital collage 210 x 297 mm
Scientific Name: Deania Calcea (Lowe, 1839)
Common Name(s): Birdbeak Dogfish, Brier Shark, Shovelnose Spiny Dogfish
Characteristics: The tailfish of Deania calcea bear unusual resemblance to the hindquarters of a dog and it's snout to the beak of the Oystercatcher, hence it's common name "Birdbeak Dogfish". These traits have given Deania calcea a near mythical status.
Habitat/Ecology: On or near the bottom of the continental slope and abyssal plain in depths from 70 to 1,450 m.
Population: An extremely scarce mid slope species of deep water dogfish. Population unknown.
Additional Data: A species once prized both for the healing properties of its flesh and oil, and for it's unusual bodily characteristics amongst collectors. Population diminished rapidly in the early half of the 19th Century, when it is thought to have been fished into extinction by black market traders. Occasional stories have surfaced of sightings but there remains no evidence, and the species is currently still classified as extinct.
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