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Interesting discovery from Scientists. Researchers have discovered a new species of pocket shark that glows in the dark. The team of scientists is from Tulane University from the Gulf of Mexico.
“The fact that only one pocket shark has ever been reported from the Gulf of Mexico, and that it is a new species, underscores how little we know about the Gulf, “Henry Bart, director of the Tulane Biodiversity Research Institute, said in a statement.
It is only the 3rd known shark species out of more than 500 that may squirt luminous liquid, R. Dean Grubbs, a Florida State University scientist who was not involved in the research, told AP.
It’s only about 14 centimeters (5.5 inches) long and has its own pockets tucked in behind its pectoral fins, with glands inside that produce a bioluminescent fluid. The pocket shark that glows in the dark has light-producing organs called photophores.
It has just been classified as a new species and is one of only two pocket sharks ever found.
“In the history of fisheries science, only two pocket sharks have ever been captured or reported,” said Mark Grace, a biologist at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA).
“The fact that only one pocket shark has ever been reported from the Gulf of Mexico, and that it is a new species, underscores how little we know about the Gulf – especially its deeper waters – and how many additional new species from these waters await discovery,” explained Henry Bart, director of the Tulane Biodiversity Research Institute.
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