Bull Huss

Scyliorhinus stellaris
Bull Huss

Habitat: Sandy, muddy and gravelly sea floor
Depth: 1-60m
Food: Crabs shrimps, molluscs, small fish and squid
Length: Up to 150cm
Lifespan: 19 years
Conservation Status: Near Threatened (NT)

Larger than the similar lesser spotted dogfish, the bull huss is also a nocturnal hunter of crabs and small fish. Dogfish are covered in small scales called ‘denticles’. These feel rough if stroked the wrong way – dogfish skin has been used as sandpaper. Bull huss lay eggs called mermaids’ purses - look in the shark nursery tank to see some bull huss babies.

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