Rare Ghost Shark Captured On Video For First Time

December 20, 2016


This is a video of a rarely seen ghost shark captured by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute using a remotely operated sub. It's believed this is the first time a live ghost shark has ever been caught on video. And, based on the way we treat the oceans like a toilet stall in a sports arena (read: shit everywhere), possibly the last.

Although this species has been around for at least 300 million years (earlier than dinosaurs), this is probably the first time they were caught on camera. In the sensational video, we get a close-up of this absent-eyed, strangely pale and wing-finned fish also known as chimaera.

The pointy-nose blue chimaera is usually found near Australia and New Zealand, and this is the first time it was spotted in the Northern hemisphere. Interestingly, this particular species has a retractable sex organ on their heads and little dots that work as sensory canals that help them navigate their next meal.

Well how about that -- they have a retractable sex organ on their heads! I'd be hiding from cameras too if I had a penis on my head. Or would I? It's hard to say because the closest I've ever come is a Sharpie penis somebody drew on my forehead after I passed out at a friends house but I definitely avoided pictures when we were out for brunch. So yes, I think the answer's yes.

Keep going for the video.

Thanks to blue16, who agrees the best sharks of all time were these delicious bastards right here.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    pretty mind blowing with all our advances we still haven't discovered the depths of an area that takes up 70% of our planet

  • Taffy Lindley

    it's pretty much our inner space... but it's natural defenses, like intense pressure and near zero visibility have hindered exploration... it's pretty much as deadly as outer space... but with actual aliens :-D

  • Kind of beautiful.

  • Jenness

    I agree

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