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Fish #013 Velvet Belly Lanternshark Etmopterus spinax ~ Esme Dodsworth
Linocut 21 x 29 cm
Is a species of dogfish shark, found in the northeastern Atlantic ocean. One of the smaller sharks, normally no more than 45cm long, so named velvet belly due to its black underside and brown colouration over the rest of the body. It has been assessed as least concern by the IUCN, though heavy numbers are caught as bycatch in the deep water. However its slow reproductive rates are raising conservation concern.
Your velvet under
Makes you seem so soft
But you are a tiny shark
That is well and truly tough
One of the few
To keep going strong
A little Fighter
Keep Swimming along
Having Grown up in Boston, Lincolnshire, right by the Boston docks, I have grown with the sea and the fishing industry all around me. I have seen the way it has impacted many lives as a living, and also seen how the industry and climate change has changed the local landscape.
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