Glow-in-the-Dark Sharks: New Shark Species Discovered

Jayden Knight, Staff Writer

Scientists found a new species of sharks called Etmopterus lailae (glow in the dark shark). The glow in the dark shark weighs less than a kilo and is less than a foot long. You will learn about the newly discovered shark’s family and, where you can find it.

The shark is a related to the Lanternshark family. The Lanternshark family is also known as the Velvet Belly Lantern or Velvet Belly Shark. The family is one of the smallest sharks in the world! Lanternsharks are what’s called ovoviviparous. Ovoviviparous means that when the mother gives birth, the eggs hatch inside her body.

You can find this shark 1,000 feet below the Pacific Ocean near the coast of the northwestern islands of Hawaii (such as Hihoa or Necker).

That was the Etmopterus lailae shark. Now you know where to find it and about its family. You also know the size of the shark and maybe, your foot is bigger than the predator.

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