truly a site unseen

All they need now is frickin’ laser beams

Sharks not scary enough for you? How about invisible sharks?

[Julien] Claes and his colleagues chose to focus on one particular luminous shark, nicknamed “the phantom hunter of the fjords”: the velvet belly lantern shark.

This shark’s shimmer originates from light emitting organs called photophores from underneath its body, “effectively creating a glow from that region.”

Which, if you happen to be prey or predator, misdirects you as to the shark’s actual location.

Is this technology extensible to humanoids? Probably not, since we don’t dwell in deep water. Still, it’s fascinating to contemplate.


2 Comments so far

  1. solar penguin 26 May 2010

    Why doesn’t its body glowing in the dark make it MORE visible not less?

  2. CGHill 26 May 2010

    Because the glow doesn’t correspond to its actual location: it’s projected a bit off to the side, or downward.