Glow Me The Way To Go Home

Scientists are no longer in the dark about glow in the dark sharks. That’s right, sharks that glow in the fricking dark!

The chain catsharks and swell sharks live deep in the northwest Atlantic Ocean and Eastern Pacific Ocean.

They emit a green hue in the dark, which is known as biofluorescence, and is when blue light in the ocean is absorbed by a creature and re-emitted as light. Jawsome!

It’s believed that the glowing helps the sharks to communicate with each other and the researchers from New York observed that male and female sharks have different light patterns.

Discover more about the research here in iscience

Image credit: David Gruber

Image credit: David Gruber

Words by Dean Newman 

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