Researchers have discovered an exceptionally rare, newly hatched “Ghost Shark” near New Zealand’s South Island, according to the country’s National Institue of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA).
The Ghost Shark, also known as Chimaeras, lives in deep water around the world. Chimaeras are not sharks but are closely related to both sharks and rays.
They get their names from their ghostly-looking shape and eyes. Here’s a picture of an adult Ghost Shark recorded off the coast of Central California.
A Recent NIWA trawling survey is how this newly hatched, or neonate, Chimaera, was found. The NIWA trawling survey was conducted about 4,000 feet underwater to estimate the population of another local fish, the Hoki.