14th March 2012
Giant Hatchetfish (Argyropelecus gigas)
At less than 5 inches (11 centimeters) long, the giant hatchetfish isn’t the behemoth its name suggests, but it does have some big league abilities. The deep-sea dweller boasts a row of light-producing organs lined up along its belly, the “blade” on its hatchet body. These bioluminescent organs shine like daylight from above the ocean surface, creating counterillumination to confuse predators that strike dark silhouettes from below. Hatchetfish swim in temperate and tropical seas all over the world.
Photo and info from National Geographic

Giant Hatchetfish (Argyropelecus gigas)

At less than 5 inches (11 centimeters) long, the giant hatchetfish isn’t the behemoth its name suggests, but it does have some big league abilities. The deep-sea dweller boasts a row of light-producing organs lined up along its belly, the “blade” on its hatchet body. These bioluminescent organs shine like daylight from above the ocean surface, creating counterillumination to confuse predators that strike dark silhouettes from below. Hatchetfish swim in temperate and tropical seas all over the world.

Photo and info from National Geographic

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