Ghost Sharks or chimaeras, what they are officially known as, are a very mysterious animal. They have never been filmed ever before despite being on this planet from even before the dinosaurs. Recently, the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute, California released a video of the ghost shark.
The strange looking shark was spotted swimming near the shores of Hawaii and this was the first instance when it was captured on camera alive. It is worth noting that the video was recorded about six years ago, by the institute, but was released recently by the National Geographic magazine for the first time.
It was also the first time that Hydrolagus trolli, the scientific species name of ghost shark, was spotted in the northern hemisphere. Otherwise, they are usually found near the coastal regions of New Zealand and Australia. They are said to have originated more than 300 million years ago when the species split from the rays and sharks.
As seen in the footage below, a strange looking shark is being seen swimming around. A study published in October 2016 in the journal Marine Biodiversity Records says that the creature is indeed a ghost shark. Dave Elbert from the Californian research institute said that normally people wouldn’t look in this year for ghost sharks and it was a little bit of a dumb luck.
The video was recorded using a remotely operated vehicle (ROV) which was diving in the coasts of California and Hawaii. The people making the video were actually geologists looking for other information and things, but the ghost shark swam past their ROV camera and got captured in a video that is first of its kind.
Scientists and researchers involved in the study describe the ghost shark as “a highly distinctive chimaera species, often identified by a combination of the following characteristics: an even blue-gray to pale blue color, a pointed snout, a dark margin around the orbit with dark shadows along edges of the lateral line, and preopercular canal and oral canals usually sharing a common branch.”