New shark species discovered

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(CNN) – We are getting a look at new shark species that emits light.

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration says the newly discovered species is a tiny subset of sharks dubbed the American Pocket Shark.

The sharks are described as a species of Kitefin fish that have a light-emitting pocket organ near its front fins.

Researchers say only two pocket sharks have ever been captured.

One was caught in the Gulf of Mexico in February 2010 – the other discovered in 1979 in the Eastern Pacific Ocean.

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(This story was originally published on July 22, 2019)

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