Sunday, November 2, 2014

Video: Glow in the Dark Wobbegong Shark Sneak Attacks Unsuspecting Fish

We always enjoy viewing videos from Biopixel so when we received an email from Richard Fitzpatrick regarding his latest upload, we knew we were in for a treat.

This short video features some fantastic action of the wobbegong shark.

Firstly, did you know this particular shark glows in the dark?  As with many marine animals, the wobbegong shark is fluorescent under ultra blue lights which we get to see in the beginning of the video.

Wobbegongs are part of the carpet shark family.  Nature has provided them with unique coloration which allows them to blend into their preferred habitat along the sandy and rocky ocean floor. Further adding to their disguise arsenal, they have Bob Marley like dreads, called dermal flags, which add to their camouflage making them nearly indistinguishable from natural formations.  As we see at the end of this video, a fish swims right up to the shark and before it realizes that it is in danger, it is too late and is swallowed whole.

The video was posted by BioPixel and is a short 52 seconds in length. Enjoy!

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