The video of what is believed to be the first sighting of the rare ghost shark went viral Sunday after scientists discovered the creature swimming in the Pacific Ocean between California and Hawaii in 2009.
It took the researchers seven years to come to the conclusion that what was captured on film and was, in fact, a pointed nose, blue blue ratish Hydrolagus trolli otherwise known as a ghost shark.
The scientists are not able to positively confirm what species the shark was, without a on the surface.
The images were released by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in late October.
Scientists noticed that the shark is native to the Southern Hemisphere, especially in Australia, New Zealand, Africa and South America.
“Similar, but still unidentified, ghost sharks have also been seen off the coast of South America and south Africa and in the Indian Ocean, the” Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute spokeswoman Kim Fulton-Bennett said in a statement.
Researchers discovered the creature by accident. Dave Ebert, program director of the Pacific Shark Research Center at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories told National Geographic on Sunday that the geologists were actually doing the research.
“Normally, people probably wouldn’t have been looking around in this area, so it is a bit of dumb luck,” he said.
The group sent an underwater remote vehicle to 6,700 meters down in the Pacific Ocean and accidentally collided against what is seen as a ghost shark.
The ghost shark, also known as a chimaera, the dead eyes, winged fins and a retractable sex organ on his head.
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