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If it’s not Madagasacar, it’s the Galapagos!

What are these things? Icicles? Stalactites? Here’s a hint: chomp!

Shark species identified: Bythaelurus giddingsi

It’s been around a long time, but us humans have just gotten around to seeing it. Shark species are becoming extinct worldwide, and one expert estimates that of the species present ~50 years ago, 90% have become extinct. Since it is now clear there are species out there we’ve never encountered, there are probably even more species becoming extinct than what we are aware of. Ignorance is bliss? No, more like extinction.

A close-up of the shark's pointy teeth. The species has a wide mouth good for grabbing passing fish and invertebrates. The research is published in the March 5 issue of the journal Zootaxa. Photo by Douglas Long