Scientists Find Inflatable Shark, 300 New Species

Treasure trove of strange new creatures discovered by scientists
By Tim Karan,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 27, 2011 5:56 PM CDT

(Newser) – No, it's not a pool toy. Researchers have discovered a new species of inflatable shark, along with more than 300 other previously unknown varieties of creatures dwelling in the Philippines. Among the finds: the shrimp-eating shark that fills itself with water to inflate and scare off predators; dozens of new insects, spiders, and armored corals; and more than 50 brightly colored sea slugs, reports LiveScience.

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Researchers from the California Academy of Sciences, the University of the Philippines, and the National Museum of the Philippines made the finds on a treacherous 42-day expedition this past spring to Luzon Island. They discovered a treasure trove of strange species including a sea star that feeds only on sunken driftwood and corals that protect themselves by sprouting large, spiky plates. Check out a photo gallery of some of the creatures here. (Read more sharks stories.)

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