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Atlantic Angel Shark

Illustrator
SEFSC Pascagoula Laboratory; Collection of Brandi Noble, NOAA/NMFS/SEFSC
Season
CLOSED - no harvest permitted

Atlantic angel sharks must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival, without removing the fish from the water.
Size Limit
CLOSED - no harvest permitted

Atlantic angel sharks must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival, without removing the fish from the water.
Daily Limit / Person
CLOSED - no harvest permitted

Atlantic angel sharks must be immediately released to ensure the maximum probability of survival, without removing the fish from the water.
Delaware Range
Atlantic Ocean
Abundance in Delaware Waters
Rare
General Habitat and Food Preferences
The Atlantic Angel Shark is generally found buried in sand or mud of the ocean floor at depths ranging from 100 to 800 feet.

Ambush predators, they feed primarily on bottom dwelling crabs, shrimps, squids, and fishes.
General Description
The Atlantic Angel Shark ranges from gray to brown in color with a white underside.

The head and portions of the fins have a reddish hue.

There is a red spot located on both the throat and abdomen.
Did You Know?
The Atlantic Angel Shark is also known as the "Sand Devil".
Common Fishing Lures and Baits
It is unlawful to release an Atlantic Angel Shark in a manner that will not ensure the shark's maximum probability of survival (e.g., no gaffs, no clubbing, careful hook removal, etc.).

It is unlawful for any hook and line fisherman to remove an Atlantic Angel Shark from the water.
Typical Sizes Caught
In general, Atlantic Angel Sharks range from 3 to 4 feet in length.
Citation Minimum Lengths/Weights
Atlantic Angel Sharks are a protected species and are not currently eligible any Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament citation.
Delaware State Record
Atlantic Angel Sharks are a protected species and are not currently eligible for any Delaware record.