Rare Deep-sea Ghost Shark Caught On Camera For The First Time

The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Center have unwittingly filmed this mysterious ghost shark for the first time while surveying the depths of the ocean off the coast of California and Hawaii.

The team of Americans scientists had sent a remotely operated vehicle down to depths of 2,000 meters (6,700ft) when suddenly the creature appeared on their screens.

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These creatures are usually related to sharks and rays, but unlike them, ghost sharks have tooth plates instead of teeth and open channels on their heads and faces that give them the appearance of having been stitched together.

Most remarkably perhaps, they have a retractable penis on their heads.

The footage was actually captured in 2009 but it has taken the team several years to confirm that the creature on the film was indeed a type of ghost shark known as a pointy-nosed blue chimera.

This species is normally found near New Zealand and Australia, it’s even believed to be the fist time they have been seen in the northern hemisphere. Also, it has never been filmed alive in its natural habitat before.

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http://www.telegraph.co.uk

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