An eerie looking creature which has been around since prehistoric times has been captured alive on camera for the first time ever.

Scientists have been trying to capture footage of the Ghost Shark for decades without success. However, now the fish, which is also called the Chimaera, has been captured on camera off the coast of Hawaii and California.

While its name may be the Ghost Shark, it is not actually a shark, but a member of the elasmobranchs species. The ‘shark’ was found further north than expected, according to researchers at the Montery Bay Aquarium Research Institute.

Dave Ebert, from the Pacific Shark Research Center said it was only “dumb look” that the footage had been shot as people usually wouldn’t have been looking in those waters for the creature. He described the fish as “comical,” saying it swam up several times, bumping its nose off the lens of the camera.

Deep in the ocean

The sharks usually live deep in the sea as they do not like sunlight. Older than the dinosaurs, the Ghose Shark is understood to have evolved 300 million years ago. While they have sharp teeth, the fish like to eat worms and other protein found at the bottom of the sea, so are not thought to be a threat to humans.

Oddly, the males of this species have a mating tool on the top of their heads. Scientists have described it as like a club on their head with spikes. It is not clear what it is used for, although researchers believe it could be to hold the female close while mating. Because they are so elusive and like to live so deep in the ocean, there is still very little which is known about these Ghost Sharks. This is the first time that the fish has been filmed alive in its natural habitat.