New species of shark glows in the dark

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A new species of shark that is bioluminescent and has glow-in-the-dark glands along either side of its underbelly. The scientific name of the shark is Etmopterus lailae and its other notable feature is its large nose. The small shark was found 1,000 feet deep off the northwestern Hawaiian Islands. The shark was discovered 17-years ago, but scientists did not realize it was a new species until they went to describe the shark and publish their findings for review.

Stephen M. Kajiura and scientists from Florida International University and the University of Rhode Island were the ones to describe the new species. Kaijura was also present when the shark was initially found.

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