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Shark Carries "Lightsaber" Spikes For Defense
2013-02-22 19:45:09

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online It's been decades since the first Star Wars movies came out, but the mark they left is still relevant in the world, even finding a little fandom in the deep waters of the ocean. Scientists found a glow-in-the-dark shark has "lightsaber-like" spines on its back used to help ward off predators. Researchers reported in the journal Nature about how they discovered light organs adjacent to the dorsal defensive spines of a small...

2010-03-17 10:36:37

A team of Spanish researchers has studied the diet of three species of sharks living in the deep waters in the area of El Cachucho, the first Protected Marine Area in Spain, which is located in the Cantabrian Sea off the coast of Asturias. These animals feed on the resources available in their environment, according to changes taking place in the ocean depths. "All the sections of the food chain are inter-related in these deep-sea ecosystems, and a small change in any one of the links in this...

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2007-04-19 04:27:33

The Velvet Belly lanternshark, Etmopterus spinax, is a shark of the family Dalatiidae, found on the outer continental shelves and upper slopes of the eastern Atlantic, from Iceland to South Africa, down to depths of 1.55 mi (2,500 m) between latitudes 70° N and 38° S. Its length is up to 23.62 in (60 cm). The Velvet Belly lanternshark feeds on small fish, squids, and crustaceans. It is utilized for fishmeal and prepared dried salted for human consumption. Reproduction is...

2007-04-19 04:26:40

The Smooth lanternshark, Etmopterus pusillus, is a shark of the family Dalatiidae, found circumglobally on or near the bottom of continental and insular slopes down to 3280.84 ft (1,000 m), between latitudes 42° N and 48° S. Its length is up to 19.69 in (50 cm). The Smooth lanternshark has bladelike unicuspidate teeth in the lower jaw and teeth with cusps and cusplets in the upper jaw, a relatively short snout, and low, truncated denticles. In the south Atlantic it is also oceanic...

2007-04-19 04:25:43

The Blackbelly lanternshark or Lucifer shark, Etmopterus lucifer, is a shark of the family Dalatiidae, found circumglobally in tropical, subtropical and temperate seas, at depths of between 492.13 and 4101.05 ft (150 and 1,250 m). Its length is up to 18.5 in (47 cm). The Blackbelly lanternshark has a pointed, slightly upturned snout and a spine in front of each of two dorsal fins the second of which is larger than the first. The pelvic fins are also larger than the pectorals. Dermal...

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