New Shark Species Discovered in Galapagos Deep Sea

By March 15, 2012 Ocean News
New Shark Species, Galapagos Catshark

New Shark Species Found in Deep Sea

A new species of shark has been discovered during deep sea dives off the coast of the Galapagos islands. The shark is a part of the catshark family (also known as the dogfish family) and is about 1.3 feet long, which is about the size of a house cat. Its suggested name is Galapagos Catshark or Bythaelurus giddingsi. The catshark family is one of the largest families of sharks.

New Shark Species, Galapagos CatsharkThe new species was identified from 7 specimens during 2 submersible treks in 1995 and 1998. The Galapagos Catshark is chocolate brown and have pale, leopard like spots all over their body.

It’s kind of cool that this species was discovered in the Galapagos because its practically the birthplace of evolution by Charles Darwin and is home to many endemic species. Sharks are fairly vulnerable in the Galapagos as the level of protection seems to go back and forth between protected and not protected depending on the level of pressure for shark fins. Discovering this species could be really important because of the level of protection for each species.

Home of many endemic speciesI mean we don’t really know how many sharks exist of this species. It could be possible that they are already in danger or there could be a huge number of them swimming around the world. Knowing the existence of this species can give us more reasons to protect shark species.

Which brings me to the Question of the day:

Do you think discovering new sharks species is a good thing for shark protection?

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