Scientists make a rare sighting off the California coast, the Ghost Shark Hydrolagus troll

Scientists make a rare sighting off the California coast, the Ghost Shark Hydrolagus troll

A team of scientists, marine biologists to be precise, during an expedition that took the deep into the deep dark waters of the Pacific Ocean near the islands of Hawaii and off the coast of central California made a rare sighting. They did not just only come up close and personal with the ghost shark, the pointy-nosed blue ratfish Hydrolagus troll.

Seeing one of this very rare chimeras also referred to as ghost sharks, is akin to witnessing Venus pass across the face of the Sun. It can cause the eclipse of all eclipse; a monstrous eclipse that can last a whole 6 hours. This event is so rare, that if it happens during your lifetime, you should count yourself very lucky. Now the last one happened on June 5-6th 2016, and the next one is set to happen sometimes in the year 2117.

Be that as it may, the marine biologists doing research in the deep dark waters of Pacific Ocean came across such a rear creature; so elusive that it has earned the name ghost. What makes this sighting all the more special, is the fact scientists have known these dark waters dwellers to be natives to the waters of Australian, French, French territory of New Caledonia and New Zealand.

The video below taken by the researchers shows the ghost shark in its natural habitat. The recording was done using a deep diving drone.

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