A dead shark appeared on Monday on a beach in La Rábita, which is right down the eastern end of the Costa Tropical.
The beastie, a bluntnose six-gill shark, was conveniently long dead and was scooped up by a municipal JCB and trundled off.
So, let’s quote a bit from good-old Professor Wiki: “Although sluggish in nature, the bluntnose sixgill shark is capable of attaining high speeds for chasing and catching its prey using its powerful tail. Because of its broad range, it has a wide variety of prey, including fish, rays, chimaeras, squid, crabs, shrimps, seals, and other sharks. Despite its massive size, it is harmless to humans unless provoked…“
Now, when they speak of “massive size,” they mean the following: “The bluntnose six-gill shark can grow to eight metres in length. Adult males generally average between 3.1m and 3.3m, while adult females average between 3.5m and 4.2m.”
The one on La Rábita beach was a young one because youngster swim near the shoreline in search of food, sometimes in water as shallow as 12m whereas adults typically stay at depths greater than 100m.
In case you’re wondering, , it’s called a six gill because the majority of sharks around today only have five.
We did an article last July about the types of shark you might come across on the Costa Tropical, which you might find interesting.
(News: La Rábita, Costa Tropical, Granada, Andalucia)