Scientists filmed for the first time the “ghost shark”


In fact, they are also known as chimeras, and these animals are relatives of sharks and rays.

Some American scientists have recently filmed, and there has never been any record of this animal, a rare Hydrolagus trolli, also known as “ghost shark”, in its natural habitat, the depths of the ocean. This record was the first ever made, and the sightings of this animal are as rare as probably the specimens of the species.

Known also as chimeras, these animals are relatives of sharks and rays and live at great depths in the oceans, which also makes their observation difficult, and even more registers, even with the evolution of technology, the capture of images of these animals, given its rarity, it was indeed a very important achievement.

These new records will be able to assist in the further investigation of the species, and observation of the animal in its natural habitat is then recorded for further studies and data collection of the animal.

In this case, the scientists believe they have captured, on video, a specimen of the blue-nosed Chimera species.

Like common sharks, the body of this fish is made up of cartilage plates, and this animal is still distinguished by having a retractable penis on the head.

The images were filmed by a vehicle operated remotely by scientists at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute and are the only ones of this species in their natural habitat.

This fish was first described in 2002, from 23 specimens caught near New Caledonia, at depths between 610 and 2000 meters. His observation off California and Hawaii shows that he is much more scattered around the globe than previously thought.

Scientists also put the possibility of this animal not being the rare Hydrolagus trolli, in which case we may be facing a new species.

Lonny Lundsten of the Monterey Bay Aquarium underscores that these images show that we still know very little about the depths of the ocean.