(CNN) -- A team of University of South Carolina
researchers has made a remarkable discovery: a rare new breed of
hammerhead shark it's dubbed the Carolina hammerhead.
The shark's outward
features are indistinguishable from those of the common scalloped
hammerhead, a kind of low profile that allowed it to go for so long
without detection, according to a USC news release.
South Carolina ichthyologist Joe Quattro, a USC biology professor, made the discovery.
"South Carolina is a
well-known pupping ground for several species of sharks, including the
hammerhead," according to the USC release. "The female hammerhead will
birth her young at the ocean-side fringes of the estuary; the pups
remain there for a year or so, growing, before moving out to the ocean
to complete their life cycle."
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