We don’t know if this is the of stuff dreams… or nightmares
Scientists have found three deep water glow in the dark sharks off the coast of New Zealand. The Sharks live in an area they call “the twilight zone,” which is the maximum depth sunlight can reach in the ocean. There are three confirmed species of glow in the dark sharks so far.. the kitefin shark, the blackbelly lanternshark and southern lanternshark. The first of which it the largest glow in the dark animal known to date!
When it comes to the deep ocean, the more you look, the more you discover. Now: three new species of bioluminescent sharks! https://t.co/qcOZM9XdrN @guardian @elle_hunt @UCLouvain_be @niwa_nz #marinebiology #exploration #oceanscience #elasmobranchs #sharks #deepsea— Julie Packard (@juliepackard) March 2, 2021
Scientists knew about these sharks beforehand but this is the first time they’ve had the chance to photograph them. The sharks use these glow in the dark “abilities” to actually hide from predators… weird, right? You can watch the full interview with the scientist who photographed them below: