Researchers in New Zealand discovered three new shark species that glow in the dark. The kitefin shark, the blackbelly lanternshark, and the southern lanternshark were found off the Chatham Rise, which is an oceanic area off New Zealand’s East Coast.
You can find details about the study which was published in the Frontiers in the Marine Science journal.
The discovery of the kitefin shark is a record-breaking one because it is now the largest-known luminous underwater creature.
We, humans, need not panic because the shark swims at a depth of about 300 meters (984 feet) below sea level. It feeds on smaller sharks, ground fish and crustaceans. As long as you are not one of those creatures you are safe.
This discovery is the first time scientists have been able to find proof of bioluminescence in sharks.