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January - Sheena

Beach shot showing underside of the small shark called Dogfish with large slit where flesh has been removed
Unlike most of the UK there was not much snow in Devon (even on Exmoor) so I chose the photo that had the most impact on me. Whilst walking on Saunton Sands beach we were shocked to encounter over 40 dead dogfish on the strand-line. They had been slit on their underbellies and some of the flesh had been removed. Researching, I discovered they are classified as small sharks. Unfortunately, dogfish have little commercial value, but are often caught by fisherman as by-catch. The flesh has to be removed as soon as they are caught, otherwise the skin leaks ammonia into the flesh. Apparently they used to be widely sold by fish & chip shops as Huss or Rock Salmon.
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