Rare footage of a European Angelfish hunting off the coast of Wales

Rare footage of a European Angelfish hunting off the coast of Wales
Rare footage of a European Angelfish hunting off the coast of Wales
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Photographer and marine biologist Jake Davis has captured the world's first elusive European angelfish off the coast of Great Britain.

Angelfish has never been filmed in this part of the world before.

The European Angelfish (Squatina squatina) is critically endangered, and its population has been rapidly declining over the past 50 years.

According to Live Science, like a stingray, angelfish have wing-like fins and a flat body that they can sink into the sand to lie in wait for. Like some shark species, the angel sea has powerful jaws, which it quickly pushes outward, capturing unsuspecting fish.

This is exactly what happens in the video: a young shark sits in ambush, and then - with one jerk, captures a fish swimming by.

“It was incredible to watch and film him swim, burrow into the sand, and then use his camouflage to ambush prey. These shots go far beyond what we thought could be shot in Wales,”said the photographer.

The Angel Shark Project: Wales, a joint project between Natural Resources Wales and the Zoological Society of London, is currently overseeing the European Wales Angelfish. This project aims to educate local residents and fishermen about rare species and to get people to contact researchers in case of sighting these rare sharks.

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