The Mysterious Skinless Shark That Has Scientists Baffled

Born Fully Skinless

3. Born Fully Skinless

Here’s where it gets really bizarre – while sharks, and especially catsharks are known to have a host of complex skin structures, this particular shark was found completely naked, so to speak! This really baffled the marine biologists who studied it – since this incredible fish was found to have none of the typical skin-related structures that you’d normally expect it to have.

This means that this is the first-ever recorded instance where a catshark didn’t have structures like the epidermis, dermal denticles, or stratum laxum. This came as a huge surprise since these skin-related structures are usually quite crucial for the survival and health of catsharks. 
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