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Baby shark has Kiwi scientists singing about ‘rare and exciting’ ...


Baby shark has Kiwi scientists singing about ‘rare and exciting’ find

Experts surveying the east coast of South Island have discovered a rare baby ghost shark

Renju Jose and Cordelia Hsu

While typically heard in an omnipresent children’s song, the phrase baby shark has delighted New Zealand scientists after the rare discovery of a juvenile ghost shark during a survey off the east coast of the country’s South Island.

Ghost sharks, also known as chimaeras, are not really sharks, but are related to them since both of their skeletons consist of cartilage rather than bone.

Not much is known about these marine creatures because they usually reside at depths of up to 1,829m, largely inaccessible to researchers...

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