How about catching a shark with bare hands? No, we’re not talking about a rattling encounter with a giant shark, but a tiny shark that can even fit in your hand. Scientists claimed they have discovered a glowing a tiny shark in the deep ocean.
Scientists said they have spotted a tiny shark swimming in the deep ocean off the coast of Central America. The creature is so tiny that it could fit in your hand, according to the scientists.
The shark, dubbed as Etmopterus benchleyi, was found in 2010 when a group of researchers was on an expedition off the Central American coastline on the Pacific Ocean side. Since its discovery, scientists could know only a few things about the tiny creature that prefers to live in the darkest parts of the ocean.
Scientists said with only eight specimens to go by, the pint-sized shark spends most of its life about 2,742 feet to as much as 4,734 feet under water. Its diet, threats and living area is still unknown to scientists. Victoria Elena Vasquez from California Pacific Shark Research Center said it is probably living in an area where it feels larger creatures than other sea animals.
“We’re not totally sure what this one is eating but other lantersharks are eating smaller fish, crustaceans. It’s likely that it’s eating the same things or something similar”, explained Vasquez, who was a part of a research team that discovered the shark.
Researchers behind the discovery said the shark doesn’t pose any harm like famous great white shark to beach goers. Vasquez said there are reports stating that the shark could be dangerous, but a shark which is just 515 mm long could pose no threat to anyone.
In other news Hakai Magazine reported, 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.
In a statement provided to TheBlaze, 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.
“I’ve seen a few reports alluding to how dangerous and scary this shark might be, which is pretty funny to me since the largest one we found (a full grown adult) was 515 mm long (20 inches) from head to tail,” Victoria Elena Vasquez, a grad student at the Pacific Shark Research Center who was part of the team that made the discovery, told Fox News.