17 Aug '12, 8am

Student's Research Project Uncovers 8 New Species of Sharks

Student's Research Project Uncovers 8 New Species of Sharks

© Moss Landing Marine Laboratories Sharks may be he the ocean's most iconic predators, having elicited both fear and fascination throughout the world for centuries -- but when it comes to understanding the breadth of diversity among the species, we may still have a lot to learn. Earlier this year, graduate student Paul Clerkin from Moss Landing Marine Laboratories set out on a research expedition in search of new shark species, and he found more than just a few. Over the course of two months, while tagging along on a commercial fishery's trawling vessel in the Indian Ocean, Clerkin uncovered at least eight sharks that appear to be previously unknown to the world of science. The mysterious, and often strange-looking deep-water sharks aren't quite as sleek as their near-surface dwelling counterparts, but are instead adapted for life at depths of around 6,500 feet in a largel...

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