Alright we’ll admit it. Even though we like our fishing puns and sea chanties, we’re terrified of the ocean. There’s just so much of it and to date, we’ve only explored about 5% of it! You never know what’s down there.
The chimaera, also known as the ‘ghost shark,’ has been spotted for the first time on camera in the northern hemisphere. Researchers using remote cameras observed the elusive specimen off the coasts of California and Hawaii. Chimaera were previously only believed to occupy parts of the Southern Hemisphere around New Caledonia until the recent findings by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) proved otherwise. “Normally, people probably wouldn’t have been looking around in this area, so it’s a little bit of dumb luck,” Dave Ebert, from the Pacific Shark Research Center, told National Geographic. The video was filmed by geologists from the MBARI using a remotely-operated vehicle to explore the depths of the northern Pacific. “It’s almost a little comical. It would come up and bounce its nose off the lens and swim around and come back,” Ebert said, commenting that the shark would play havoc with the filming material.
They call it a ‘Ghost Fish’ but it looks more like Frankenstein’s monster to us. It’s winter now, so you should all be safe from the ocean, but in the spring, please think twice before entering the home of monsters. God made it and all His creations are good, but we want no part of that watery battleground.