New shark found in Taiwan food market

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New Shark Species Found in Food Market

Dogfish not first species to be found en route to dinner plate.


The new shark species, Squalus formosus, on display in a Taiwanese fish market.
Photograph courtesy William White


John Roach
for National Geographic News
Published September 1, 2011
It's unlikely anyone's ever complained, "Waiter, there's a new species in my soup." But the situation isn't as rare as you might think.

A monkey, a lizard, and an "extinct" bird have all been discovered en route to the dinner plate, and now a new shark species joins their ranks, scientists report.


(Also: "New Sharks, Rays Discovered in Indonesia Fish Markets.")
Fish taxonomists found the previously unknown shark at a market in Taiwan—no big surprise, according to study co-author William White.
"Most fish markets in the region will regularly contain sharks," White, of the Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization in Hobart, Australia, said via email.
In fact, he and a colleague had headed to the Tashi Fish Market specifically to "collect some material and to see whether there were noticeable differences in the [shark] catches from previous decades," he said.
"Amongst a number of other species, we collected a number of Squalus species—one of which was this new high-fin species."
The new species, Squalus formosus, is a three-foot-long (one-meter-long) short-nosed dogfish. It's distinguished from other dogfish species in the Squalus genusby a particularly upright first fin on its back, a strong spine, and a very short, rounded head, White said.
(See a picture of a Portuguese dogfish.)

New Species Likely Unnoticed by Eaters
S. formosus ("Formosa" being a former name for Taiwan),likely wound up in the fish market in the same way most deep-ocean sharks do—as bycatch, accidentally ensnared during hunts for other fish.
In fish markets, "it is unlikely people would know the difference"—tastewise or otherwise—between the new species and other sharks, said White, emphasizing that he hasn't eaten the new species and doesn't know how it's prepared.
"Similar species in Indonesia are salted and dried for human consumption and fins used as filler in the shark-fin soup trade," he said. "But that doesn't necessarily reflect what they do with the sharks in Taiwan."
(See pictures of new shark and ray species.)
From One Species, Many
The new species is currently known only from waters around Taiwan and Japan and is unlikely to be found much farther afield, White said, since Squalus species tend to have narrow ranges.
Many species once thought to be wide-ranging have been shown to actually be multiple, but similar, species with smaller ranges, he said.
One benefit of scientifically classifying all these closely related, narrow-ranging species is that scientists will be able to better assess just how healthy their populations are—or aren't.
Because deepwater sharks don't reproduce rapidly, they have a harder time bouncing back from overfishing, White said. "So personally, I have a preference not to eat these animals."
More: "'Walking' Sharks Among 50 New Species Found in Indonesia Reefs" >>

The new shark species is described in the August 26 issue of the Journal of Fish Biology.
http://news.nationalgeographic.com/...eaten-science-ocean-squalus-formosus-dogfish/
 

ShooterMcGavin

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I kind of want to eat shark. Do those have a crazy amount of Mercury though?
 

gleet

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I had some shark fin soup in Asia once. Maybe it was a bad cook, or a good joke on roundeyes, or maybe it tasted exactly like sharkfin soup should taste, but I did not finish and ended up at a Kenny Rogers for half a chicken.

Or it could have been a new species and the cook was unfamiliar with proper preparation.
 

THE FEZ MAN

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mako shark is tasty
 

ShooterMcGavin

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They found the species pretty easily. While on the boat, the fishermen could hear a faint sing-song coming from the depths:

I'm a shaaarkkk. I'm a shaaarrkk. Suck my diiiiickk. I'm a shaaaaarkkk.
 

Glenn Dandy

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they just discovered mud( sand sharks) they are like one step above Oyster crackers as the most unwanted catch.....As far as shark meat... it depends who makes it... I ate a Mako at a bar... one part was great, then two inches away tasted like crap. hit or miss with shark.'
 

bill333

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I had shark ( Mako ?) down in Belmar, NJ, one year. Great little place that let you bring in your own beer. Had the best shrimp scampi too. Haven't had them side by side for comparison but I guess not too different from Swordfish
 

LZMF1

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they just discovered mud( sand sharks) they are like one step above Oyster crackers as the most unwanted catch.....As far as shark meat... it depends who makes it... I ate a Mako at a bar... one part was great, then two inches away tasted like crap. hit or miss with shark.'
stay away from the dark meat....no pun intended.