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New Shark Species Discovered | Care2 Healthy Living

New Shark Species Discovered | Care2 Healthy Living

Finally some good shark news. Scientists discovered a new species of spotted, bottom-dwelling shark near the Galapagos Islands. It was first observed from a submersible vessel and named bythaelurus giddinsi. The new species is a cat shark and was seen at a depth of 1,600 feet. Each of the specimens that were collected is less than two feet long and all have pale spots in random, unique patterns. One of the scientists noted the irony of discovering a new shark species in this period of great losses of sharks worldwide. He said ninety percent of the sharks that were alive when he was born are now gone. “Many species have become locally rare and others verge on extinction due to their capture for shark-fin soup. The damage to food webs is dramatic, since sharks provide valuable ecological services as top-level predators — when they disappear, their niche is often filled by ot...

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