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Mystery big fish a tope says expert.

A MYSTERY sea creature washed up on a beach is believed to be a tope.

The 6ft-long fish was discovered on Barkby Beach in Prestatyn by resident, Steve Evans.

Director of Anglesey Sea Zoo, Frankie Hobro identified it as a tope (galeorhinus galeus).

She said: "Tope can reach up to 195cm in length and are fairly common in British seas although now threatened by over fishing and not often seen.

"We keep their slightly smaller cousins the starry smooth hound in our tank here at the Sea Zoo, they look very similar but are smaller so they thrive in our large tank, whereas tope tend not to survive well in captivity so we do not keep them."

Mystery fish | PIC: STEVE EVANS

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Publication:Daily Post (Conwy, Wales)
Date:Jul 25, 2015
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