Sharks, Skates, and Ratfish

This identification guide is intended to provide information and key characteristics for common species in Washington’s marine waters.  To access species information click on the common or scientific name listed in the left hand column.  For each species, information is available on expected sizes, typical distribution, and published ages. 

The Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife also provides information about shark identification at:

And skate identification at:

Additional identification information can be found at Fisheries and Oceans Canada:

Or at ReefQuest Centre for Shark Research:

Species of sharks, skates, and ratfish