By Josie June 15th, 2023
Sharks have always been fascinating creatures that spark wonder and intrigue as much as they trigger fear and panic
They measure just 8-9 inches in length when fully grown and typically weigh less than 7 ounces.
The Dwarf Lanternshark is primarily found in deep, dark waters off the Pacific coast of South America.
It inhabits up to 4,700 feet, making it one of the deepest living shark species known.
This is also why we know so little about it.
The Dwarf Lanternshark is able to emit light or bioluminescence.
This shark emits a soft blue-green glow from two light organs, photophores, under its belly.
This bioluminescence is believed to act as camouflage by helping the shark blend in with the surrounding blue-green light of the deep ocean.
The dwarf lantern shark also possesses large, highly sensitive eyes that aid in detecting faint bioluminescent signals emitted by potential prey or mates.
Unlike many other shark species that reproduce through internal fertilization, the dwarf lantern shark employs a reproductive strategy known as ovoviviparity.
This means that the female shark carries developing embryos inside her body until they are ready to hatch.
They are often unintentionally caught while targeting other species.
Plastic waste, oil spills, and other pollutants harm all kinds of marine life.
#3 Habitat Loss
The destruction of marine habitats due to development and climate change heavily impacts the population of the Dwarf lantern shark.