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Smooth hound

size:

up to 165 centimeters

weight:

up to 15 kilograms

color:

gray with lighter sides and yellow-white belly

age:

up to around 24 years

food:

crabs, shellfish and fish

enemies:

other sharks

reproduction:

live birth (viviparous)
maturity: between 12-15 years
number: 4-17 young per nest

  • Dut: Gladde haai (Toonhaai, Zandhaai)
  • Lat: Mustelus mustelus
  • Eng: Smooth hound
  • Ger: Glatthai
  • Dan: Glathaj
Smooth hound, Ecomare, Peter van der Wolf

Smooth hound

Smooth hounds are harmless ground sharks. They teeth aren't even sharp, but instead are†flat crowned teeth. These teeth are great at†finely grinding their food, such as crabs, shellfish and other fish, before swallowing. The number of smooth hounds in the North Sea has increased in the past thirty years, while other shark species have declined in the same period. Smooth hounds are named after their habit to gather in large groups, like a pack of dogs (or hounds).

  • Distribution and habitat
    Distribution of smooth hounds, Ecomare

    Smooth hounds live close to the coast. They are found in the northeastern Atlantic Ocean, including the North Sea. However, they are rarely seen along the Dutch coast.