March 5, 2021 | by: Amanda Misner

First Photos Of A Glow In The Dark Shark

Glow in the dark sharks!! Who knew?

Photo via CNN

Scientists have taken the first ever photos of a glow-in-the-dark shark producing its own light.

The kitefin shark, Dalatias licha, is the world’s largest known bioluminescent vertebrate, growing to nearly six feet in length.

It was found in an area of ocean known as Chatham Rise, off the east coast of New Zealand’s South Island, according to a study published Tuesday by researchers from the Catholic University of Louvain, Belgium and the National Institute of Water and Atmospheric Research (NIWA) in New Zealand.

Bioluminescence refers to the production of visible light by living organisms through a biochemical reaction. Some 57 of the 540 known shark species are thought to be capable of producing light, study co-author Jérôme Mallefet, head of the marine biology laboratory at UCLouvain, told CNN on Wednesday.

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~Amanda