4 thoughts on “New shark species discovered near Galapagos

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  3. The Jaguar Shark Lives…

    The California Academy of Sciences sent its first scientific expedition to the Galapagos Islands in 1905 and has since organized dozens of return trips. As a result, the Academy is now home to the world’s most comprehensive collection of scientific specimens from these famous islands. In 2012, Academy scientists and colleagues described a new species of Galapagos catshark (Bythaelurus giddingsi) collected from depths of 1,400 – 1,900 feet via submersible. It is approximately a foot long and has a chocolate-brown coloration with pale, irregularly distributed spots on its body. The authors chose “jaguar catshark” as the common name for the new species, partly because of its spotted pattern, and partly because it bears a striking resemblance to the mythical “Jaguar Shark” seen cruising the dark depths in The Life Aquatic, the Wes Anderson film for which the authors have a particular fondness.

    http://thestickytongue.org/2012/12/09/137-new-species-added-to-web-of-life/

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