Glowing sharks discovered off the coast of New Zealand

Scientists studying sharks off the coast of New Zealand have discovered that three deep-sea species glow in the dark.

One of the sharks is so big it is now the largest-known luminous vertebrate.

Bioluminescence is the technical name for a animal that glows in the dark. It is a chemical reaction that is widespread among marine life. However, it is the first time it has been documented in kitefin shark, the blackbelly lanternshark, and the southern lanternshark.

The sharks were collected during a fish survey off the east coast of New Zealand in January 2020.

All of the the sharks live in what is known as the mesopelagic or “twilight” zone of the ocean. This is between 200 and 1,000 metres deep, beyond which sunlight does not penetrate.

Researchers suggest the glowing underbellies may help camouflage them from any threats that might strike from beneath.

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James Pattillo
James Pattillo
1 month ago

Wow that’s a amazing and scary at the same time 😱

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yo mama yo dada yo brother yo sis yo baby
1 month ago

wow!

jimmy beguger
jimmy beguger
1 month ago

wow!

Ruby
Ruby
1 month ago

glowing sharks how know

jo mamer
jo mamer
1 month ago

wow

nivi
nivi
1 month ago

wow
this is so cool

Hello lover animals
Hello lover animals
1 month ago

wow amazing

Leor
Leor
1 month ago

this story is cool

Luke From 8BAN
Luke From 8BAN
1 month ago

Wow Sharks can light up that’s weird. and camouflaging from there enemies’ they truly are dangerous. And in new Zealand’s they could be somewhere else.

R.D
R.D
1 month ago

Wow!

Aila
Aila
1 month ago

how did it happen

hannah jones
hannah jones
1 month ago

last weekend I went down to Papamoa and there was one of these sharks on the other side of the wave when I was swimming dad yelled SHARK GET OUT OF THE WATER I ran out of the water

Dylan
Dylan
1 month ago

wow

joemyhairy
joemyhairy
1 month ago

wow that is amazimg

Arou141
Arou141
1 month ago

So interesting

wOw
wOw
13 days ago

wow

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