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Rare sofa shark caught in Scottish waters

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Scientists discovered an extremely rare species of shark that’s never before been spotted in Scottish waters, and it has an extremely unusual shape.

Biologists doing a deep-sea survey for Marine Scotland near the remote North Atlantic islands of Barra and St. Kilda caught the shark.

Some have described it as looking like it’s part fish, part elephant and part giant salamander.

The species is known as a sofa shark or false catshark.

Scientists quickly weighed and measured the shark — recording it as 6.5 feet long and 132 pounds — before releasing it back in to the ocean.

Sofa sharks are extremely rare in British waters, scientists tell The Scotsman.

The last species of this shark was spotted 10 years ago.

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