Photo By: Linda Snook/ MBNMS
Hello everyone! It's time for the Creature of the Week. This week our creature is the spotted ratfish. The ratfish is actually a relative of sharks, and like sharks are cartilagenous, meaning they don't have true boney skeleton. Instead their skeleton is made up of the same substance that gives structure to your nose and ears! If you see one of these fish, you need to take care because they have a venemous spine on their dorsal fins! This Pacific dwelling critter can be found in depths up to 3,000 feet. Ratfish belong to the Order of Chimaeriformes, which may include some of the oldest cartilagenous fish still alive today.
Read more about this interesting creature below: