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Sun Sep 13, 2020, 09:13 AM

Scientists Discover "Vantablack" Deep-Sea Creatures

https://futurism.com/scientists-discover-vantablack-creatures?fbclid=IwAR29gV_2F998tJgGWQF7EllECM4VqvMH1hQqhMUSCAUP6mRPs5Nhvv19vBA

A team of marine biologists have discovered 16 new species of terrifying deep-sea fish that reflect almost no light at all, Wired reports — much like the ultra-black material Vantablack.
Marine biologist Karen Osborn was astonished when she attempted to take pictures of a fangtooth, a terrifying fanged monster of the deep sea, for cataloguing reasons. The fish appeared to absorb almost all of the light her underwater studio shone at it, leaving only eerie silhouettes.
“I had tried to take pictures of deep-sea fish before and got nothing but these really horrible pictures, where you can’t see any detail,” Osborn, who co-authored a paper about the fish published in Current Biology, told Wired. “How is it that I can shine two strobe lights at them and all that light just disappears?”
“It’s like looking at a black hole,” lead author Alexander Davis, a Duke University biologist, told The New York Times.


There are some pictures at the link, and an interesting article.

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AllaN01Bear Sep 13 #1
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RainCaster Sep 13 #5
BComplex Sep 13 #3
Judi Lynn Sep 14 #6

Response to Sancho (Original post)

Sun Sep 13, 2020, 09:15 AM

1. sorry, cant read because of adblocker. but ill take your word for it.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 13, 2020, 09:20 AM

2. Here is a version at Wired, but all of them have ads...

https://www.wired.com/story/meet-the-ultra-black-vantafish/

I originally saw the story on a FB post.

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Response to Sancho (Reply #2)

Sun Sep 13, 2020, 11:11 AM

4. thanks.

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Response to AllaN01Bear (Reply #1)

Sun Sep 13, 2020, 11:12 AM

5. Open link in an incognito window, it works

Very interesting article, worth the 5 minutes to read.

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Response to Sancho (Original post)

Sun Sep 13, 2020, 10:20 AM

3. Wow! That's pretty scary.

This could create a lot of mischief if we learned how to make it.

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Response to Sancho (Original post)

Mon Sep 14, 2020, 05:07 PM

6. This is a stunning discovery!



Incredible information from the article:

One species, the threadfin dragonfish, was even found to only be ultra-black when its young — likely a defense mechanism to protect it when it needs to hide from predators.

Other species had melanosomes lining their guts to make sure any bioluminescent fish they ate won’t give away their position. “You don’t want to be swimming around with a glowing belly, right?” Osborne told Wired. “That’s just asking for trouble.”

This material really does give a person a jolt, so extraordinary, unexpected. Fascinating.

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