A glow-in-the-dark shark scares off predators with "lightsaber-like" spines on its back, a study suggests.
The research was carried out on the velvet belly lanternshark, a small species found in the deep waters of the Atlantic Ocean and Mediterranean Sea.
The scientists believe that while the light-up spines can be seen by larger, potentially dangerous fish, they are harder for the shark's prey to spot.
The study is published in the Nature journal Scientific Reports.
Friday, February 22, 2013
Sharks with Light Sabers
Posted by Shark Defenders
This is better than sharks with frickin' lasers on their heads. From the BBC: