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Deep water shrimp (Oplophorus gracilirostris) as it secretes a cloud of bioluminescent fluid as a defensive mechanism Some species of deep water shrimp are capable of secreting a cloud of bioluminescent fluid as an escape mechanism when dealing with potential predators.  This deep water shrimp (Oplophorus gracilirostris) is releasing the fluid in this image and the cloud is glowing - no flash was used to take this shot.  The hypothesis for this display is that a predator is momentarily distracted by the sudden appearance of a glowing cloud of material which gives the shrimp time enough to escape.  The shrimp was encountered during the DEEPEND project (www.deependconsortium.org) in the Gulf of Mexico.  It was trawled from between 300 and 600 meters depth at night.                          Deep water shrimp,Deepsea,Life in the dark,Luminous shrimp,Oplophorus gracilirostris,bioluminescence,bioluminescent,deep sea ecology,defensive mechanism,glowing secretion,predator evasion Click/tap to enlarge Species introCountry intro

Deep water shrimp (Oplophorus gracilirostris) as it secretes a cloud of bioluminescent fluid as a defensive mechanism

Some species of deep water shrimp are capable of secreting a cloud of bioluminescent fluid as an escape mechanism when dealing with potential predators. This deep water shrimp (Oplophorus gracilirostris) is releasing the fluid in this image and the cloud is glowing - no flash was used to take this shot. The hypothesis for this display is that a predator is momentarily distracted by the sudden appearance of a glowing cloud of material which gives the shrimp time enough to escape. The shrimp was encountered during the DEEPEND project (www.deependconsortium.org) in the Gulf of Mexico. It was trawled from between 300 and 600 meters depth at night.

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Oplophorus gracilirostris is a pelagic shrimp in the Oplophorus genus.

Similar species: Decapods
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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Uploaded Apr 29, 2018. Captured Aug 18, 2015 12:00.
  • SLT-A77V
  • f/5.6
  • 7s
  • ISO6400
  • 20mm