The Ghost Shark has been an elusive figure within the world of marine biology for many years.
Now another mystery of the deep sea has been uncovered.
Footage of the Ghost Shark in the wild has been captured by National Geographic. Also known as chimaeras, the Ghost Shark has been dwelling at the bottom of the sea for over 300 million years.
The video, “originally posted by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California has shined new light on these mysterious creatures“.
Using a ROV (remotely operated vehicle) capable of diving up to almost 7,000 feet, the research crew have been trawling the depths of the ocean since 2009.
According to Nat Geo, the crew weren’t even looking for Ghost Sharks:
“The guys doing the video were actually geologists,” says Dave Ebert, program director for the Pacific Shark Research Center at Moss Landing Marine Laboratories. (See more amazing shark pictures.) “Normally, people probably wouldn’t have been looking around in this area, so it’s a little bit of dumb luck,” he says.
One fish the ROV kept running into looked like a new ghost shark, since it did not resemble ghost shark species known to frequent either of these regions.
To find out its identity, the institute reached out to Ebert and other chimaera experts. The team analyzed the video and now believe it’s a pointy-nosed blue chimaera (Hydrolagus trolli), a species usually found near Australia and New Zealand, according to a recent study in the journal Marine Biodiversity Records.
Though the ghost shark is not new to science, it’s still exciting: The video is the first time the pointy-nosed blue chimaera has been seen alive in its natural habitat.
You can watch the outstanding footage below.