Ghost Shark Discovery [video]

Relatives of sharks and rays, these deep dwelling wing finned ghost sharks are rarely seen by people.

In 2009 a group of researchers got the surprise of their lives when they were researching the deep sea off California and Hawaii.  The researchers were geologists, so they were not looking specifically for ghost sharks.  This is evident in their reaction to this find in the video below.

This particular ghost shark was identfied by experts to be a pointy-nosed blue chimaera.  It turns out that the video they captured was the first time the pointy-nosed blue chimaera has been filmed alive in its natural habitat.  Additionally, this video documnts the first discovery of this species in the northern hemisphere.

Watch the video below to see how this discovery took place as well as the reaction of the researcher.

See next page below to watch a ghost shark in its natural environment.

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