Ghost shark found in South Island

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A baby ghost shark has been discovered off the east coast of the South Island.

The newly hatched deep-water shark was found at a depth of about 1200m on the Chatham Rise.

Also known as chimaeras, ghost sharks are relatives of sharks and rays.

Their embryos develop in egg capsules laid on the sea floor, and feed off a yolk until they are ready to hatch.

Newly born ghost sharks are rarely found and little is known about them.

The baby shark was discovered during a recent trawl survey to estimate abundance of hoki. The survey is carried every two years, also looks at non-commercial fish species.

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