Thursday, October 30, 2014

Video: Rare Look at a Ghost Shark by an ROV

We don't often get a chance to see a ghost shark swimming around in its natural habitat.  Typically, we end up seeing them on the deck of a ship after they have been scooped up by fishing vessels. So it is a real treat to see one this close and with such clarity thanks to the superb lighting and camera on the ROV (Remotely Operated Vehicle).

The ghost shark, formally known as 'chimaera,' is a slow moving deep water fish whose closest relatives are from the shark, ray, and skate family.

The unique looking fish was spotted by the team with E/V Nautilus who are currently exploring the Kick 'em Jenny submarine volcano near Grenada, Fortunately for all of us, they shared the brief encounter on Youtube.

The EVNautilus video is just over a minute and a half in length.
Photos are video screenshots.