'Ghost Shark' Caught on Camera for First Time in Northern Hemisphere (Video)
The chimaera, also known as the ‘ghost shark,' has been spotted for the first time on camera in the northern hemisphere. Researchers using remote cameras observed the elusive specimen off the coasts of California and Hawaii.
Chimaera were previously only believed to occupy parts of the Southern Hemisphere around New Caledonia until the recent findings by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) proved otherwise.
“Normally, people probably wouldn’t have been looking around in this area, so it’s a little bit of dumb luck,” Dave Ebert, from the Pacific Shark Research Center, told National Geographic. The video was filmed by geologists from the MBARI using a remotely-operated vehicle to explore the depths of the northern Pacific.
“It’s almost a little comical. It would come up and bounce its nose off the lens and swim around and come back,” Ebert said, commenting that the shark would play havoc with the filming material.
Chimaera live deep in the ocean beyond where the light of the sun can reach, earning them their spooky nickname. Despite being older than the dinosaurs, little is known about the species, which split off from their closest relatives, rays and sharks, 300 million years ago.