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New Species of Shark Discovered in Galápagos

Photo from California Academy of Sciences

Scientists studying the deep sea around the Galápagos Islands have identified a previously unknown species of shark. The 1.3-foot-long fish is a catshark, but when seven of the specimens from Galápagos were compared to known species of catsharks at the California Academy of Sciences, they discovered coloration differences.

Though much is known about wildlife on the islands that makeup Galápagos, relatively little is known about the undersea.