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Elephant fish

Elephant fish

With distinctive hoe-shaped snouts, and measuring up to 1.25 metres, elephant fish can be easily identified. Sensory pores at the tip of the snout detect moving prey, usually molluscs. In New Zealand elephant fish are most common off Banks Peninsula, where they are caught commercially.

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Gerard Hutching, 'Sharks and rays - Sharks as food', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/5316/elephant-fish (accessed 31 March 2020)

Story by Gerard Hutching, published 12 Jun 2006