A newly-found species of shark has jet black skin and a dim glow, and it is a master of stealth. It has been given a common appropriate name ‘Ninja Lanternshark’. It lives in waters from 2,742 feet to 4,734 feet, or 836 to 1443 meters, deep, in the Pacific Ocean, off the coast of Central America.
A team of scientists have detailed the new found shark in a study carried by the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. One of the scientists in the team said that the animal owes its different name to Vicky Vásquez’s young cousins.
Vásquez told Mashable via email, “The common name we have suggested, Ninja Lanternshark, refers to the shark's color which is a uniform sleek black as well as the fact that it has fewer photophores [organs that emit light] than other species of lanternsharks”.
Vásquez added that on the basis of that they felt that the unique characteristics would make this species stealthy alike a ninja. The name given to the species has been actually proposed by Vásquez’s little cousins.
If you glow in the ocean, you can’t keep yourself hidden, and according to scientists, this worked well for lanternsharks like the Ninja. Vásquez said that lanternsharks have enough glow to hide their shadows, just like a kind of camouflage.
Scientists are still attempting to get more information about Ninja Lanternsharks. Till now, researchers have discovered nearly 8specimens of the new shark, and they discovered the first one in 2010.
According to a report from the HakaiMagazine, vásquez explained to the kids that this shark uses photophores in its skin to produce a faint glow in the deep, dark ocean. Scientists believe the animals, which can grow to about half a meter in length, use this cloaking ability to blend in with the limited light penetrating the ocean’s depths and appear invisible from below. This helps them sneak up on small fish and shrimp while also avoiding becoming lunch for larger predators.
This super stealth, combined with the animal’s sleek, black appearance led the kids to suggest naming it the “Super Ninja Shark.” Vásquez says she didn’t think her colleagues would quite go for that, so she got them to scale the name back a little.
A new shark has been discovered by scientists swimming in the deep ocean off the coast of Central America. Etmopterus benchleyi, referred to as the Ninja Laternshark, was found swimming 1,000 feet below the surface of the Pacific Ocean in 2010. However, scientists were only able to recently confirm it was a new species and just announced their findings this month in the Journal of the Ocean Science Foundation. The glow-in-the-dark Ninja Laternshark is nothing to be afraid of, they say — in fact, some of the fish are so tiny they might even fit in your hand, told the TheBlaze.
The FoxNews notes that, named Etmopterus benchleyi in honor of shark conservationist and “Jaws” author Peter Benchley, the jet-black lanternshark with glass-like teeth and emerald eyes was caught in 2010 as part of an expedition off the Central American coastline on the Pacific Ocean side.
With only eight specimens to go by, very little is known about this shark which spends most its time in the darkest parts of the ocean at depths ranging from 2,742 feet to as much as 4,734 feet. Scientists still don’t know what it eats, what threats it faces and even how widespread it is.