Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute cameras capture rare 'ghost shark'

Posted at 11:04 AM, Dec 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-12-20 11:04:37-05

(KSBW, NBC NEWSCHANNEL) Scientists with the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute said they recorded what is likely the first-ever video of a large, deep sea ghost shark, also known as the pointy-nosed blue chimaera.

The video was recorded by Moss Landing-based MBARI in 2009, and went viral when it was recently released for the first time.

The mysterious species of sharks are almost never seen, and they survive with strange features evolved for a dark, deep sea habitat.

"Like the chimaera from Greek mythology, which had a goat's head, a serpent's tail, and a lion's head, chimaeras are pretty weird looking," Kim Fulton-Bennett of MBARI says.

MBARI's remotely operated vehicle recorded the blue-colored shark at a depth of 5,400 feet during a dive off the coast of Central California.

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