Scientists in New Zealand snapped the first-ever photo of a shark producing its …


Scientists in New Zealand snapped the first-ever photo of a shark producing its own light, according to a study published last week by researchers from the Catholic University of Louvain and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research. While some 57 of the 540 known shark species are thought to be capable of producing light, according to study co-author Jérôme Mallefet, they are “really difficult to observe” as they live between 656 and 2,953 feet below the ocean’s surface. The kitefin shark (pictured) is now the world’s largest known bioluminescent vertebrate. ⁠

(📸: Dr. Jerome Mallefet/FNRS/Uclouvain Belgium)



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