Author: Mark Serrels
University of Rhode Island shark researcher Bradley Wetherbee discovered a new type of Lantern shark while doing his doctorate in the 1990s, but it’s only in the last few years, almost 30 years later, that he’s been able to give that shark a name. And he named it after his daughter.
Wetherbee called the shark “Laila’s lantern shark” (Etmopterus lailae) after 17-year-old Laila Mostello-Wetherbee. That’s right: Wetherbee has known the shark longer than the daughter he named it for.
Laila’s lantern shark is a three-foot long, bioluminescent shark that’s normally found 1,000 feet deep. Its main point of difference: A longer snout than other lantern sharks.
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