Beautiful Ghost Shark Filmed Alive For Very First Time (VIDEO)
The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute recently shared the first ever video of a pointy-nosed blue ratfish also called the “ghost shark” or Chimaera in the ocean.
The fascinating looking fish is a relative of rays and sharks. It doesn’t have rows of ragged teeth like the sharks we are used to. It crushes its prey with mineralized tooth plates.
The most amazing feature of the ghost shark of course is that males have sex organs… on their foreheads.
Video observations of Hydrolagus cf trolli, the pointy-nosed blue ratfish, from the Northeast Pacific ocean represent a range extension for the species and are the first ever of this animal alive, in its natural habitat. The species was originally described from specimens collected off New Caledonia in 2002. It was named in honor of Alaskan artist Ray Troll because of his fascination and appreciation for this strange group of fishes known as chimaeras.
Press play to watch the video below.