close-up of the head of a bioluminescent pygmy shark, Euprotomicrus bispinatus (c), showing glowing blue photophores (light organs), primarily in interstices between dermal denticles (placoid scales); this is one of the smallest species of sharks; this specimen about 6 inches (16 cm) long; belongs to family Etmopteridae (lantern sharks) in order Squaliformes (dogfish sharks); live in deep water by day (to at least 1300 ft) and may rise to surface at night; Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, Pacific Ocean


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Image ID: 0037790-DPE.jpg

pygmy shark

close-up of the head of a bioluminescent pygmy shark, Euprotomicrus bispinatus (c), showing glowing blue photophores (light organs), primarily in interstices between dermal denticles (placoid scales); this is one of the smallest species of sharks; this specimen about 6 inches (16 cm) long; belongs to family Etmopteridae (lantern sharks) in order Squaliformes (dogfish sharks); live in deep water by day (to at least 1300 ft) and may rise to surface at night; Kona, Big Island, Hawaii, USA, Pacific Ocean
Credit to: Blue Planet Archive / Doug Perrine

Image dimensions: 5726x3817

URL for this image: https://pictures.blueplanetarchive.com/image/I0000JcJdC3r5Fz8