The pointy-nosed blue chimaera, a species of “ghost shark,” was captured on camera for the first time in 2009. Video courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute.
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Previously discovered in the deep sea near Australia, New Zealand, and New Caledonia, researchers observed the pointy-nosed blue chimaera in the North Pacific for the first time in 2009. This footage was captured by a remotely operated vehicle as far as 6,700 feet below the ocean surface. Only recently were experts able to confirm that these fish were the same species as the ones that were previously discovered in the Southern Hemisphere. DNA sampling still needs to be conducted to be certain.
Read more about this odd-looking fish, which also sports a retractable sex organ on its head.
Video courtesy Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute
Ghost Shark Caught on Camera for the First Time | National Geographic