Carolina Hammerhead Shark, Newly Named Species, Discovered By Accident
Sometimes, finding a previously unknown species is a result of a happy accident. At least that was the case with the recent discovery of the Carolina hammerhead shark.
Joe Quattro of the University of South Carolina was studying fish in the state’s four major river basins several years ago when he started researching shark pups. Baby sharks of several species — including hammerheads — spend their first year of life in the waters near the point where the South Carolina rivers and Atlantic Ocean meet.
While Quattro and his team were looking into the hammerheads, they noticed something peculiar: Among the species of scalloped hammerhead sharks they were collecting, they found two distinct genetic signatures.
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