A group of scientists identified a new species of glow-in-the-dark shark in the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the Northwestern Hawaiian Islands.
The shark has an unusually large nose, weighs a little less than a kilo and measures less than a foot.
The new species is a member of the lanternshark family. The species has been named Etmopterus lailae.
The glow-in-the-dark shark lives 1000 feet below the Pacific Ocean off the coast of the northwestern Hawaiian islands.
The discovery of the species was recently published in the journal Zootaxa.
• The Etmopterus lailae is highly understudied because of its size and the fact that it lives in very deep water.
• They are not easily visible or accessible like so many other sharks.
• The unique features and characteristics of this new species really sets it apart from the other lanternsharks.
• It has a strange head shape and an unusually large and bulgy snout where its nostrils and olfactory organs are located.
• The species lives in a deep sea environment with almost no light; therefore, they need to have a big sniffer to find food.
• Some of its other distinctive characteristics include its flank markings that go forward and backward on their bellies and a naked patch without scales on the underside of its snout.
• The species is bio-luminescent and the flanks on the bottom of its belly glow in the dark. The markings on its belly and tail also were specific to this new species.
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