Second Ever Super-rare Pocket Shark Discovered

The Grim Reefer writes: Scientists working off the coast of the US have found something pretty incredible — the second pocket shark ever discovered, some 36 years after the first one was spotted off the coast of Peru. The team, from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), say the tiny creature — which measures just 13 cm (5.5 inches) long — was caught off the coast of Louisiana, where they were observing the feeding habits of sperm whales. It belongs to the genus Mollisquama, which has earned itself the nickname ‘pocket shark’, not because of its pocked-sized dimensions, but because of the unique and rather mysterious orifice it has above its pectoral fin.

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