MYSTERIOUS GHOST SHARK CAUGHT ON CAMERA FOR THE FIRST TIME

MYSTERIOUS GHOST SHARK CAUGHT ON CAMERA FOR THE FIRST TIME

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The pointy-nosed blue chimaera, or ghost shark, was filmed alive for the first time ever off the coasts of Hawaii and California. The deep-sea fish was previously known only from specimens caught in the southwestern Pacific Ocean.

“Normally, people probably wouldn’t have been looking around in this area, so it’s a little bit of dumb luck,” program director for the Pacific Shark Research Center at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Dave Ebert, according to the National Geographic.

Researchers didn’t set out to find Hydrolagus trolli, or the pointy-nosed blue chimaera, when they sent a remote operated vehicle to explore the deep waters off of California and Hawaii in 2009. Instead, the scientists involved in the project were geologists – but they hit a marine biology motherlode anyway.