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Ghost shark caught on film for the first time

By T.K. Randall
December 18, 2016 · Comment icon 8 comments

There are several known types of ghost shark. Image Credit: CC BY-SA 2.0 NOAA
An enigmatic species of shark found in the Pacific has been captured on film off the coast of California.
Also known as chimaeras, these distinct dead-eyed cartilaginous fish branched off from sharks over 400 million years ago and have been silently roaming the ocean depths ever since.

Now for the first time, researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California have released footage showing a particularly elusive species of ghost shark in its natural habitat.

The video was captured using a remotely operated submersible vehicle.
"The guys doing the video were actually geologists," said Dave Ebert, program director for the Pacific Shark Research Center at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. "Normally, people probably wouldn't have been looking around in this area, so it's a little bit of dumb luck."

Known as the pointy-nosed blue chimaera, this extremely elusive variety of ghost shark was thought to live only in the Southern Hemisphere meaning that this is also the first specimen ever found north of the equator.

Footage of the creature captured by the ROV's cameras can be viewed below.

Source: National Geographic | Comments (8)

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Comment icon #1 Posted by AdealJustice 8 years ago
thanks for the share
Comment icon #2 Posted by brlesq1 8 years ago
Pretty cool. Ghost Shark--fabulous name for a book title. Any authors out there?
Comment icon #3 Posted by JKoene 8 years ago
Now the big questions are; how do you prepare it? and what does it taste like?
Comment icon #4 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
Scallops.  Shark if sometime served as the large version of Scallops.  But why would you want to eat the cute little guy.  Sort of has a dog face.
Comment icon #5 Posted by MJNYC 8 years ago
I would not want to eat this cutie!  Loved watching him.  Very cool. Thank you.
Comment icon #6 Posted by paperdyer 8 years ago
I wouldn't want to eat him either.  Just trying to answer a question.
Comment icon #7 Posted by IamthemanfromNantucket 8 years ago
Mother Nature is amazing!!
Comment icon #8 Posted by SgtTechHead 8 years ago
Awesome looking creature. Almost has a Frankenstein thing going on with what looks like a stitched together head.

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