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Glow-in-the-dark 'ninja lanternshark' found


Posted on Saturday, 26 December, 2015 | Comment icon 10 comments

The appropriately named 'ninja lanternshark'. Image Credit: CC BY 4.0 Victoria Elena Vasquez / JOSF
Scientists have discovered a bizarre new species of shark that has been given an even more bizarre name.
Measuring up to 18 inches in length and found only in the dark depths of the sea, this unique creature is well adapted to eke out an existence in the gloom at the bottom of the Pacific.

Discovered by scientists from the Pacific Shark Research Center in California, the shark was originally named Etmopterus benchleyi after 'Jaws' author Peter Benchley.

It wasn't until the young cousins of researcher Vicky Vásquez got involved in the naming process however that it ultimately ended up with the rather unusual moniker of 'ninja lanternshark'.

The name is based on the shark's ability to stay camouflaged and to sneak up on its prey using a combination of its dark-colored skin and its ability to emit a faint glow through bioluminescence.

Source: Independent | Comments (10)

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Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Eldorado on 26 December, 2015, 19:37
A pretty rubbish ninja if he glows in the dark, is he not?
Comment icon #2 Posted by rashore on 26 December, 2015, 19:41
A pretty rubbish ninja if he glows in the dark, is he not? Nah, makes him super ninja if he can be a ninja despite the fact that he glows in the dark.
Comment icon #3 Posted by pallidin on 26 December, 2015, 19:41
"Up to 18-inches long..." Besides the fact that it could use a makeover, what is it? Some type of aquatic "ankle biter" sharkette?
Comment icon #4 Posted by Nnicolette on 26 December, 2015, 22:03
I still can't quite picture how it can be camouflaged by its dark skin and also glowing.
Comment icon #5 Posted by Ashyne on 26 December, 2015, 22:50
It looks like something that would come from the Pacific Rim.
Comment icon #6 Posted by Yamato on 26 December, 2015, 23:17
Take a shark out of the water and take pictures of its dead body and it's going to need a makeover. Sharks are gorgeous supreme creatures when they're alive in their own world. Bazillions of years of evolution to create the sexiest fluid dynamic bodies and they're far more intelligent than people give them credit for. People eat Tuna or Halibut and think it's "just fish". "Tuna" is not the fastest animal in the sea that's rapidly being exterminated, it's tuna fish in a can to be consumed.
Comment icon #7 Posted by rashore on 26 December, 2015, 23:20
Take a shark out of the water and take pictures of its dead body and it's going to need a makeover. Sharks are gorgeous supreme creatures when they're alive in their own world. Bazillions of years of evolution to create the sexiest fluid dynamic bodies and they're far more intelligent than people give them credit for. People eat Tuna or Halibut and think it's "just fish". "Tuna" is not the fastest animal in the sea that's rapidly being exterminated, it's tuna fish in a can to be consumed. Thanks for the PSA?
Comment icon #8 Posted by Oniomancer on 27 December, 2015, 0:59
So they finally announce the discovery of this shark around Christmas time, and you would even say it glows?
Comment icon #9 Posted by Ozfactor on 27 December, 2015, 7:07
wonderful , to still be discovering species of shark !
Comment icon #10 Posted by BeastieRunner on 28 December, 2015, 20:54
So they finally announce the discovery of this shark around Christmas time, and you would even say it glows? Appropriately times, if I do say so myself.


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