Shark electroreception, illustration

Shark electroreception, illustration

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Caption: Shark electroreception. Computer illustration showing a hammerhead shark (family Sphyrnidae) using electroreception to locate prey hidden on the seabed. All sharks possess electroreceptors known as the ampullae of Lorenzini, which they use to detect the electromagnetic fields produced by all living things. This allows sharks, particularly the hammerhead, to find prey by detecting the electromagnetic fields they produce, even when the animal is hidden.

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