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Rare shark nursery found off coast of Ireland

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A rare shark nursery has been identified by a team of scientists in one of the State’s marine protected areas some 200 nautical miles off the west coast.

A large school of Blackmouth catshark (Galeus melastomus) and a plethora of their mermaid’s purses or egg cases was filmed on the seafloor extending to 750 metres deep.

The scientists say that a second more unusual and solitary species, the Sailfin roughshark (Oxynotus paradoxus) was also observed by the Marine Institute’s remotely operated vehicle (ROV) Holland 1, deployed from the Irish Lights ship Granuaile.


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Kittens Are Jerks

I've never seen Sailfin roughsharks before. Very prehistoric looking. Catsharks on the other hand are really quite cute.

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Babies of any species are very precious

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