Australian Angelshark

Squatina australis
Image by Nick Long.

Angelsharks grow from 13cm at birth to 152cm in adulthood.

They live in in the subtropical waters of southern Australia from Western Australia to New South Wales, at depths down to 255 metres.

Angelsharks have extensible jaws that rapidly snap upwards to capture prey; they have long, needle-like teeth. They bury themselves in sand or mud lying in wait for prey, which includes fish, crustaceans, and various types of mollusks. They can produce litters of up to 20 pups.