Deep Sea Prawn

Deep Sea Prawn

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Credit: DANTE FENOLIO/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY

Caption: When threatened, Acanthephyra purpurea (a deep sea prawn) emits a cloud of bioluminescent material which glows brightly for several seconds. The prawn swims away, hoping to temporarily distract potential predators. This individual was captured in a trawl between 600 and 1000 meters depth in the Gulf of Mexico, 2007.

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Keywords: acanthephyra, acanthephyra purpurea, animal, bathypelagic, bioluminescence, bioluminescent, captive, captivity, caridea, crustacea, decapoda, deep sea, deepsea, fauna, fish, marine, mesopelagic, nature, necton, oplophoridae, pelagos, photophores, pleocyemata, prawn, shell fish, shellfish, shrimp, underwater

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