Only Children Could Have Come Up With This Shark's Name
The "ninja lanternshark" emits light to become virtually invisible to predators.By Ryan Biek | December 23, 2015
This shark can surround itself in a faint light to become virtually invisible. But its most famous attribute? It's nicknamed the "ninja laternshark."
Its official name — Etmopterus benchleyi — actually honors "Jaws" writer Peter Benchley and his conservation work to reverse the negative image his story gave sharks. (Video via Universal Pictures / "Jaws")
To come up with a nickname, though, the Pacific Shark Research Center's Vicky Vasquez turned to four children ages 8 to 14.