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Tope

size:

up to 195 centimeters

weight:

44.7 kilograms

color:

gray-brown with a dirty white belly

age:

up to 55 years

food:

fish, crustaceans, echinoderms and cuttlefish

enemies:

larger sharks and man

reproduction:

live birth (ovoviviparity)
maturity: between 13-15 years old
number: 6-52(!) young per nest

  • Dut: Ruwe haai (Steenhaai)
  • Lat: Galeorhinus galeus
  • Eng: Tope (Soupfin shark or School shark)
  • Ger: Hundshai
  • Dan: Grihaj
Tope, Folkert Janssens, www.hetommetje.nl

Tope

The tope is a harmless inhabitant of the sea bottom, but it has sharp teeth.†It eats fish, crustaceans, echinoderms and cuttlefish. The tope looks 'like what a shark is suppose to look like', with a pointed nose and a large dorsal fin. The species is being threatened by overfishing.

  • Distribution
    Distribution of tope on a world scale, Ecomare

    Tope live in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean but are rarely seen along the Dutch coast.