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Glowing shark scares off predators

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#1    Still Waters

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Posted 21 February 2013 - 09:53 PM

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.

http://www.bbc.co.uk...onment-21531532

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