Thursday, August 28, 2014

Video: The Glow in the Dark Lantern Shark Can Become Nearly Invisible

Lantern shark can produce its own light.
Of all the shows that aired during this year's Shark Week, the Alien Shark segment was probably one of the most informative. In the below segment which was just released on Youtube, they discuss the glow-in-the-dark lantern shark which has the ability to create its own light.

The lantern shark is a member of the dogfish sharks and is only one of three types of sharks that can produce its own light.

And not only is this deep sea shark bioluminescent, but it can create light effects that basically give it a cloak of invisibility helping shield it from predators.
Photo credit: Marc Srour at Teaching Biology