Ghost shark species caught on camera for first time ever

"Normally, people probably wouldn't have been looking around in this area, so it's a little bit of dumb luck", Dave Ebert, from the Pacific Shark Research Center, told National Geographic.

Despite the fact, it is called a Ghost Shark, the fish is in point of fact a class of the elasmobranchs, which is associated to sharks but not truly off the record as one.

While its name may be the Ghost Shark, it is not actually a shark, but a member of the elasmobranchs species. Usually, the species is found close to Australia and New Zealand. What's more, now, researchers trust they have caught on video a types of phantom shark that had at no other time been shot live: the pointy-nosed blue figment.

Like its Greek mythological namesake, the chimaera - or "ghost shark" - is a mysterious, rarely seen creature with a patchwork of freaky features.

Now, the world has a chance to see this rare deep-sea shark as a video of this creature has finally been released by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute in California almost six years after it was taken.

The only way we can collect these species is by trawling. Imagine trying to understand species distribution in Lake Michigan and you sample the lake using a Dixie cup.

Researchers sent a remotely operated vehicle deep into the waters of central California and Hawaii to capture the video. Failing that, a trawling ship will be employed to scrape the ocean's surface for a dead specimen.

The National Geographic report added some information on the chimaera's peculiarities.

And perhaps most fascinating, male chimaeras sport retractable sex organs on their foreheads.

Unlike its better-known cousins, the ghost shark does not sport a mouthful of jagged teeth to tear at its prey; this bottom-feeder chews up its prey - including molluscs and worms - with mineralised plates.

With all those peculiarities and the fish's general rarity in mind, ghost sharks are, as Didier says, "just one of the many attractive and poorly studied species" in the animal kingdom.

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