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Carolina Hammerhead, New Shark Species, Finally Gets A Name

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CAROLINA HAMMERHEAD NEW SHARK
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Because what the world needs now... is a new kind of shark.

Actually, the 'Carolina hammerhead' isn't all that new. It was first discovered in 2006, by biologists at Nova Southeastern University, according to National Geographic. But until now it has gone without an official name. Not so much owing to the creature's downright negligible population -- it's considered incredibly rare -- but also the fact that it bears an uncanny resemblance to the scalloped hammerhead, a much more common Atlantic Ocean bruiser.

And yes, the world probably could use more sharks -- considering, on average, humans kill a reported 100 million sharks every year.

So welcome, newly annointed Carolina hammerhead in all your sleek and elusive glory. The animal, according to The State, can weigh as much as 400 pounds, stretching some 11 feet from snout to the tip of its tail.

“It is a distinct species,’’ marine scientist William “Trey” Driggers told The State.

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