Two seals with spines on their necks were discovered during a res.cue effort.
They initially mistook them for bits of wood or thorns from a stalk. A catastrophic seal extinction occurred in Namibia around a year ago.
Thousands of seals of all ages were d.y.ing on the beach.
They were aware, however, that starvation was k.il.li.ng these unfortunate creatures.
They were starved for food, and the St. Joseph shark was their only option.
Food is occasionally chewed off.
Ocean Conservation Namibia’s Naud and Denzil res.cu.ed the wo.unded seals. One of them had a bizarre spike around his neck.
They assumed they were bits of wood or thorns from a tree at the time.
This encounter, however, assisted them in determining the real source of the spots. What they believed was common salvation provided them with the answers they sought. It was the Shark of Saint Joseph.
The young cape guy was even carrying a full fish.
The Cape Elephantfish, commonly known as the Saint Joseph Shark, is a genuine chimera, a member of a primordial fish subclass that separated before many of the features we associate with sharks evolved. It’s not a shark or any other bony fish.
As a result, the St. Joseph shark has several distinguishing characteristics, which are comparable to those found in the United States.
Saint Joseph sharks are widespread. They are mostly found in the Western Cape’s shallow waters, although they may also be found in Namibia and the Eastern Cape.
Contrary to popular opinion, chimeras are fairly common.
Because most chimeras dwell in deep-sea settings, the Saint Joseph shark is the only common shallow water species.
Their bites are dre.adful.
The dorsal fin is adorned with large stingers.