DOGFISH, spiny (Squalus acanthias) is the most common SHARK species found on the BC coast. The animal is long and slender, growing to about 1.5 m. It is grey-brown above and dirty white below, with a pointed snout and a long spine in front of each dorsal fin. The spines secrete a painful venom. After copulation, the female takes almost 2 years to produce a litter of 7–8 pups, which at birth are already at least 25 cm long. The name dogfish refers to their habit of pack hunting. A commercial...

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