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Sciency stuff-glow in the dark sharks...
Tue Mar 02, 2021 5:45 pm
  • Great, now they have bioluminescence. :shock:

    Glow-in-the-dark sharks found off New Zealand coast


    Scientists say they have found that three deepwater shark species living off New Zealand glow in the dark.

    The species were collected from the Chatham Rise - an area of ocean floor to the east of New Zealand - in January of last year, according to the study.

    One of them, the kitefin shark, is now the largest known luminous vertebrate and can reach up to 180cm (5ft 11in).

    Bioluminescence was also confirmed in the blackbelly lanternshark and southern lanternshark.

    The three species were already known to marine biologists but this is the first time that the phenomenon of bioluminescence - organisms emitting light - has been identified in them.

    While many marine animals - as well as some insects such as fireflies - produce their own light, this is the first time it has been found in larger sharks.

    Cool stuff, though. :twisted:
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  • Cool - as well as bright sparks... we have bright sharks!
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