New shark species discovered!

By March 2, 2018

New shark species discovered!

Our research on deep sea sharks yielded surprising results, which were published recently in the journal Marine Biodiversity. Collaborating with scientists from the Florida Institute of Technology, Florida State University, and the National Marine Fisheries Service, we found that the bigeye sixgill sharks – previously thought to be one species world-wide – are actually two different species in the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. These sharks, which have six gill openings rather than the typical five most sharks have, are among the oldest lineages of sharks, dating back more than 250 million years, and are found exclusively in the deep sea. Although their deep range makes them difficult to study, they are already being negatively impacted by fishing, so this finding is important for the conservation of the species. The new name, the Atlantic sixgill shark, goes along with a new taxonomic designation: Hexanchus vitulus. The findings of this research have been shared widely, with news coverage from outlets like Newsweek, Science Daily, Smithsonian, Atlas Obscura, and others.

See the links below:

Daily Mail

News story from Daily Mail on Tuesday 27 February 2018

Daily Mail,

A terrifying species of shark that dwells in the depths of the ocean has been discovered by researchers.