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Freaky "Ghost Shark" caught on camera for the first time

The species had been previously identified, but never in the western hemisphere, and never on camera (Photo courtesy MBARI)

If you find sharks cool, researchers have made an amazing find you are sure to love. But if sharks freak you out, you might want to skip this one.

Marine biologists have released video of an ultra-rare and ultra-freaky species of shark that until now, had never been seen on camera. Researchers at the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute captured video off the California coast of what is believed to be the ghost shark, or pointy-nosed blue chimaera.

The species had been previously identified, but never in the western hemisphere, and never on camera. MBARI researchers are working to confirm its identity.

The ghost shark's unique appearance is highlighted by its blue-gray skin color, whip-like tail and it's cold, dead, ghostly eyes - because, you know, sharks weren't scary enough to begin with.

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