Friday, August 23, 2019
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help    |   Cookie Policy    |   Privacy Policy    RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

Adorable new 'pocket shark' species identified


Posted on Monday, 22 July, 2019 | Comment icon 5 comments

As far as sharks go, this one is kind of cute. Image Credit: Mark Doosey
Scientists have discovered a new type of shark that is so small that it is possible to hold it in your hand.
Found in the Gulf of Mexico, this pint-sized shark has now been identified as the American Pocket Shark (or Mollisquama mississippiensis) following a detailed analysis by a team of researchers.

Measuring a mere 5.5 inches long, the shark has two small pouches (or pockets) on either side of its body that are capable of producing a luminous fluid, thus enabling the animal to glow in the dark.

"In the history of fisheries science, only two pocket sharks have ever been captured or reported," said Mark Grace of the NMFS Mississippi Laboratories of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).

"Both are separate species, each from separate oceans. Both are exceedingly rare."

The find emphasizes that there is still much we don't know about the ocean's wildlife.

"The fact that only one pocket shark has ever been reported from the Gulf of Mexico, and that it is a new species, underscores how little we know about the Gulf - especially its deeper waters - and how many additional new species from these waters await discovery," said Henry Bart, director of the Tulane Biodiversity Research Institute.

Source: USA Today | Comments (5)

Tags: Pocket Shark

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Jon the frog on 22 July, 2019, 17:56
Wow, now we need them with lasers, lights are not enough !
Comment icon #2 Posted by Seti42 on 22 July, 2019, 22:00
Damn, I wasted my "throw a pokeball at it" comment on that little adorable squid the other day...
Comment icon #3 Posted by pixiii on 22 July, 2019, 23:07
Oh I know right? These new little cuties are so gorgeous. A little glow-in-the-dark pocket shark, I can see plushy replica toys being made of these species along with the little piglet squid.  It's rather exciting to think scientists are still finding new species of things even today!  So amazing   Thanks @Still Watersfor posting these as always! 
Comment icon #4 Posted by Babe bambino on 24 July, 2019, 22:18
I wanna boop the shark :3 
Comment icon #5 Posted by Black Red Devil on 27 July, 2019, 21:58
Nice little sharky.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Alien life forms could glow, say scientists
8-23-2019
It may be possible to detect signs of extraterrestrial life on a distant world by picking up its biofluorescence.
Woman reels in weird fish with two mouths
8-22-2019
Debbie Geddes had been fishing in Lake Champlain with her husband when she caught this peculiar specimen.
UFO caught on camera over Jackson, Wyoming
8-22-2019
A strange object was picked up on a webcam at Spring Creek Ranch in the early hours of August 11th.
First Titanic footage in 14 years released
8-22-2019
The first new expedition to the Titanic in over a decade has revealed the deterioration of the iconic vessel.
Stories & Experiences
A visit from beyond
8-20-2019 | Australia
 
A strange voice
8-5-2019 | St. Catharines Ontario.
 
House vibrates
7-20-2019 | Northern part of lower Michigan
 
Sudden writing on hand
7-20-2019 | England
 
 
Spontaneous exorcisms
7-5-2019 | Ontario
 
A call from 'The Lobster'
7-5-2019 | Russia
 
Witnessing tree spirits
6-25-2019 | Ontario
 
I didn't move my blankets
6-25-2019 | Spring, TX
 
Bitten by a spirit?...true story
6-15-2019 | Dallas, Tx
 

         More stories | Send us your story
Featured Videos
Gallery icon 
Carl Sagan - Pale Blue Dot
Posted 8-8-2019 | 5 comments
The late Carl Sagan delivers this moving monologue about our place in the universe.
 
How do you move a 13-ton Sphinx ?
Posted 7-3-2019 | 2 comments
A look at how the Sphinx of Ramses II was moved at Philadelphia's Penn Museum.
 
'Deleting' disease using CRISPR
Posted 6-15-2019 | 5 comments
A look at science's goal of eliminating genetic diseases using gene-editing techniques.
 
 View: More videos
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.712 Unexplained-Mysteries.com (c) 2001-2019
Terms   |   Privacy Policy   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ