One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A dull grey or brown shark that lives mainly in deep water, especially in the North Atlantic and Mediterranean.
Hexanchus griseus, family Hexanchidae
- ‘The cow sharks are distributed worldwide in temperate oceans, usually in deep water.’
- ‘Members of this family are commonly referred to as cow sharks and are among the most primitive sharks.’
- ‘Gido tossed a fresh piece of cow shark on the bait line about thirty feet off the stern of the boat.’
- ‘In the end we saw 5 different cow shark including a very large female of about 2,8 meters.’
- ‘It is likely that the ancient cow sharks showed similar behaviour.’
- ‘Of the shark families alive today, the cow sharks are believed to be the oldest and most primitive.’
- ‘On the shores of western and southern Europe, where the cow shark is most common, it attains a length of twenty-six feet or over.’
- ‘Some of the most common types of sharks are the angel sharks, saw sharks, and cow sharks.’
- ‘Examples from this group include the cow sharks, frilled shark and even a shark that looks on first inspection to be a marine snake.’
- ‘Hexanchiformes look like marine snakes but are actually cow sharks and frilled sharks.’
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