STATES CHRONICLE – Rare images of a prehistoric ghost shark were captured on camera. This species was officially named chimaeras, and it has been living deep underwater, at about a mile and a half below the ocean before the existence of dinosaurs. This amazing prehistoric sea animal is rarely seen. Thus, Unfortunately, researchers do not know too much about this species.
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) in California has captured a video of a ghost shark. They have released the video after six years after it was registered to give the whole world the opportunity to see such a fantastic creature. This footage was recently published by National Geographic, being thought to be the first video ever taken of a live ghost shark which populates the waters near New Zealand and Australia.
Nevertheless, scientists need to confirm whether the creature is indeed a pointy nosed blue ghost shark. If they succeed this, then the marine animal would represent the first discovery of this species in the Northern Hemisphere. Dave Ebert, from Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute’s Pacific Shark Research Center, argued that they were incredibly lucky to catch this species on camera.
The video was captured by a special device called remotely operated vehicle (ROV) which was sent to dive in the deep water off of Hawaii and California. The geologists who have coordinated the ROVs were not searching for sharks. It just happened that one of them swum up to the camera. Ebert argued that probably many researchers would not have chosen this area to look for ghost sharks. For them, it was just sheer luck.
Scientists thought that this creature was a pointy nosed blue chimaeras based on the data they had from a study which was published in October in Marine Biodiversity Records magazine. This species has a slender, large body. It has a narrow head and whip-like tail. Amber Reichert, from the Pacific Shark Research Center at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories together with her colleagues, had described the shark.
They argued that hydrolagus trolli represents a different chimaera species. Its essential features consist of having a blue-gray color, a dark circle the orbit with dark shadows along the lateral line of the edges, a pointed snout and oral canals which most likely share a common branch.
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