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A new shark species discovered in the Gulf of Mexico is small enough to fit in your pocket and cool enough to glow in the dark.
This male American Pocket Shark, or Mollisquama mississippiensis, is 5.6-inches in length and has its own pockets that can squirt out luminous liquid to make it glow in the dark, according to an Associated Press report published Friday.
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The newly discovered shark is only the third known shark species scientists have discovered that could glow in the dark, according to R. Dean Grubbsa, Florida State University scientist who was not involved in the research. The other two sharks that can glow in the dark are the previously-known pocket shark and taillight shark.
The only other pocket shark discovered was a female caught in 1979 and is now at the Zoological Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia, according to Live Science.
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A statement released by Tulane University said the differences between this new shark and the one caught in 1979 are “fewer vertebrae and numerous light-producing photophores that cover much of the body. The two species both have two small pockets that produce luminous fluid (one on each side near the gills).”
“The fact that only one pocket shark has ever been reported from the Gulf of Mexico, and that it is a new species, underscores how little we know about the Gulf,” Henry Bart, director of the Tulane Biodiversity Research Institute said in the University’s statement.
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This new pocket shark was caught in 2010 in the Gulf of Mexico by a NOAA ship. They were looking to study sperm...
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