Sharks may seem scary, but if you saw a 5-inch, glow-in-the-dark shark in the ocean, you may not be that intimidated.
Scientists recently discovered a never-before-seen species of kitefin shark, according to Tulane University researchers. It's only 5 1/2 inches and glows in the dark to attract its prey, instead of hunting it down like many other shark species. According to the researchers, it produces a "luminous fluid" from a small pocket near its front fins.
And it's got an equally cute name. The American Pocket Shark was first spotted in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, then again in 2013. It's only the second pocket shark ever spotted — scientists saw the first one in the Pacific Ocean in 1979, although it was a separate species from the one spotted recently. Both species are "exceedingly rare," scientists said.
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