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Well then. Spare a thought for the little fish that dwell beyond the lapping waves. For here is where the Angel Shark lurks.
Angel Sharks look like scarcely more than a pile of sand. Not even a big pile, because they're flattened like no other shark and have large pectoral fins such that they look much more like a ray. They also have a spotted colouration for camouflage and will even bury themselves in the sand just to make sure. At this point they are really difficult to see, even though most of the 20 or so species reach about 1.5 m (5 ft) in length and a few even more.
No. The Angle Shark is waiting. Hidden in plain view, waiting.
When a fish or squid wanders by, the Angel Shark is finally roused to action. The front half of the body suddenly bends upward, jaws open and extend forward, prey is sucked in and needle-like teeth ensure a strong grip on slippery customers. It all happens with incredible speed, the sluggish Angel Shark brutally revealing her deepest passions.
It's not long before before surviving fish learn to avoid the area. The Angel Shark must now seek out new hunting grounds, merge into the terrain and... wait.
Dear Reader Chloë Langley asked if Angel Sharks are as angelic as Sea Angels. The answer appears to be yes! They're both monstrous and the Angel Shark is clearly all shark!
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