Catshark (dogfish), Scyliorhinus caniculus, Scales

The skin of sharks is covered in delicate, beautifully designed, ‘teeth-like’ dermal denticles which protect the animals and also contribute to their swimming by reducing drag.

Scales on the Pectoral Fin

Cat Shark, Scyliorhinus caniculus,  Fin Scales 1
Cat Shark, Scyliorhinus caniculus,  Fin Scales 2
Cat Shark, Scyliorhinus caniculus,  Fin Scales 3
Cat Shark, Scyliorhinus caniculus,  Head Scales 1

Scales on the Head

Cat Shark, Scyliorhinus caniculus,  Head Scales 2
Cat Shark, Scyliorhinus caniculus,  Head Scales 3
Cat Shark, Scyliorhinus caniculus,  Head Scales in section 3
Cat Shark, Scyliorhinus caniculus,  Head Scales in section 1
Cat Shark, Scyliorhinus caniculus,  Head Scales in section 2

Head Scales in Section

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