Story: Sharks and rays

Rig shark (2nd of 2)

Rig shark

Rig sharks are common in New Zealand’s coastal waters, particularly in shallow bays. Although they are landed all year round, the largest catches are made between October and March. Compared to some other shark species, rigs grow rapidly, reaching maturity between five and eight years, and living to at least 15 years. They grow to 1.5 metres in length. The female gives birth to an average of 11 live young each year.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Sharks as food', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 25 January 2022)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006