11/13/2013

A new species of hammerhead shark has been identified along the coast of South Carolina. Dubbed the Carolina hammerhead, the new species closely resembles the scalloped hammerhead, but has 10 fewer vertebrae and is genetically different from their scalloped kin, researchers said in a study published in the journal Zootaxa. "Outside of South Carolina, we've only seen five tissue samples of the cryptic species. And that's out of three or four hundred specimens," said Joe Quattro, a fish expert from the University of South Carolina.

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