09 Mar '12, 5pm

Meet the Galapagos Catshark, a new shark species:

Meet the Galapagos Catshark, a new shark species:

Photo by California Academy of Sciences. Researchers recently announced a new species of shark, the Galapagos Catshark, or Bythaelurus giddingsi . Catsharks are one of the largest families of sharks, and are also known as dogfish, a synonym scenario that is not at all ass-backwards. And to make classification even more complex, the newly discovered species of catshark/dogfish has a lot in common with the snowflake: The arrangement of leopard-like spots on Galapagos Catshark is unique to each fish. So it’s a catshark or dogfish with spots like a leopard and the characteristics of a snowflake — got it? While the discovery of a new species it certainly exciting, keeping these fish in the sea may require some conservation measures. Because Galapagos Catshark are only found in one place on earth (the Galapagos … duh), they are more susceptible to extinction. And this is a rough...

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