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A pocket shark—the rarest of sharks with only one specimen ever seen before—has been discovered by scientists.

A male pocket shark measuring 5.5 inches long was collected during a 2010 midwater trawl survey 190 miles south of Louisiana by NOAA/NMFS Southeast Fisheries Science Center while studying prey of sperm whales.

The first pocket shark was found 36 years ago on the Naska Submarine Ridge in 1,083 feet of water in the southeast Pacific Ocean off Peru. The female specimen is 17 inches long and is currently housed in a Russian museum.

The specimen, determined to have just been born, was identified and subsequently sent to New York and France for high-tech examinations.

“I wasn’t really sure what it was,” Grace told the Associated Press. “That pocket over on the pectoral fin, I had never seen anything like that on a shark.”

“It’s cute,” Doosey told the Associated Press. “It almost looks like a little whale.”

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SHARK ASKS DIVERS FOR HELP!

An amazing shark rescue was captured on video by a group a divers on the Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas Shark Adventure dive, after the shark approached them for help.

On April 4th, 2015, a group of divers in the waters of Nassau, Bahamas, saw a Caribbean Reef Shark swim into the dive area where Stuart Cove’s Dive Bahamas staff were performing their daily Shark feeding dive. The female shark had a thick rope around the throat, cutting into the skin and gills. The shark appeared to approach shark feeder Charlotte Faulkner for help and became subdued upon a gentle touch.

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TEN WEIRD ANIMALS THAT YOU’VE PROBABLY NEVER HEARD OF

1. Goblin shark

2. Puss caterpillar

3. Mary River turtle

4. Bantam bearded blue hen

5. Pink fairy armadillo

6. Tufted deer. No, that isn’t Photoshopped.

7. Dumbo octopus

8. Honduran white bat

9. Panda ant

10. Lowland streaked tenrec