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Cal State Student Discovers New Species Of Shark Dubbed 'Ninja Lanternshark'

LOS ANGELES ( — A new species of shark, called the "Ninja Lanternshark", has been discovered in the Pacific Ocean near Central America.

The shark was reportedly discovered by Vicky Vasquez, a Cal State graduate student.

The shark glows in the dark, and it's jet black color keeps it camoflaged in the deep ocean.

In a nod to the author of Jaws, Peter Benchley, the scientific name of the shark is Etmopterus benchleyi.

Four children, aged 8 - 14 years old, reportedly named it the "ninja lanternshark".

Vasquez and her professor Dr. David Elbert of the Pacific Shark Research Center at Cal State said it was the first lanternshark to ever be discovered off of the central Pacific Ocean near Central America.

The shark was first collected in a 2010 research expedition and measures about one and a half feet long.

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