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The mysterious “ghost shark” has been captured on film for the first time



Antonio J. Rodríguez

21 Diciembre 2016 15:09

Among its deformities, it has a penis on its head.

They say “ghost shark”, although the truth is that they're not really sharks.  They're called chimaeras and, just like the mythological creatures that share their name, they're mysterious animals.

They live in the depths of the ocean, between 600 metres and 12 kilometres.  Their eyes are white and, instead of teeth, they have tooth plates that allow them to smash their prey to pieces. The males have retractable sexual organs.  Oh, and they have them on their heads.

Now, scientists from the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute have published a recording from 2009, in which they managed to capture, for the first time on video, a species which had never been recorded: the pointy-nosed blue chimaera. Six years ago, a research team sent a submergible ROV (remotely operated vehicle) to search the depths of Californian and Hawaiian waters.

The robot returned with a surprise:  in its recordings were images of the ghost shark, a species that had only been captured in the southeast of the Pacific Ocean.

The pointy-nosed blue chimaera was discovered for the first time by the investigator  Dominique Didier Dagit in the deep waters of Australia, New Zealand and New Caledonia in 2002.

This isn't just the first time they've recorded this species, it's also thought to be the first time anyone has seen the specimen in the northern hemisphere.