A sizeable soupfin shark was caught off Torrance Beach this morning in Southern California by 21 year old Philip Friedman. Soupfins are known by a number of names, including tope, flake, school shark and vitamin shark.
They are called vitamin sharks because their livers contain an oil that is rich in Vitamin A. It became the main source of supply for vitamin A in the United States during World War II but was overexploited and the numbers of fish caught plummeted.
They’re easily identified by their slender body and long snout, their small second dorsal fin and the large lobe on the upper section of their tail. Soupfins are often found in schools of up to 50 individuals and may travel hundreds of miles to breed. Females incubate eggs within their body, giving birth to up to 52 pups after a yearlong gestation period. The shark is harmless to swimmers in the area.
Anglers around the Torrance and Redondo Beach areas have been using slabs of mackerel for bait and have found fishing to be best at night or in the early morning hours of the day. The shark in the photo took the bait just before 3am this morning. Examination of stomache contents in previous studies indicate that the soupfin is not all that picky about what they eat. It appears that they will feed on whatever is available including squid, sardines, mackerel and other bait-fish.
Besides soupfin sharks, fisherman have also been catching a guitarfish, bat rays, leopard sharks and butterfly rays.
Soupfin sharks mature slowly and give birth to a relatively few young at a time, making them vulnerable to overfishing. Soupfins are highly prized for their meat and fins, which are used in a number of Asian dishes, including traditional sharkfin soup.
In the northern part of its U.S. west coast range (British Columbia to northern California), most soupfins are males. In southern California, females predominate. Along the central coast of California, there are roughly equal numbers of males and females. One tagged soupfin shark migrated from British Columbia to southern California in 22 months.
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Sept 28 Striper King Classic at Diamond Valley Lake
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