New Shark Species Discovered in Philippines

29 June 2011

A group of researchers at the California Academy of Sciences and their Philippine colleagues

conducted an extensive scientific survey of wildlife in the Philippines.

The 42-day expedition took place last spring in Luzon Island and its surrounding waters.

Luzon is the largest island of the Philippines and it’s located on the northern part of the archipelago.

According to, the scientists have discovered more than 300 new species,

including a possible new species of swell shark (Genus Cephaloscyllium).

This shark species is capable of swallowing either air or seawater, inflating its stomach to deter predation.

Please see the related news-video in our Video Section (HERE).

Photo Credit: Stephanie Stone, California Academy of Sciences














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