Deep Sea Super Powers
1) The Roundnose Grenadier is one hardy animal; they can thrive in temperatures of 1.6 °C and below! For humans hypothermia sets in if our body temperature drops below 35°C.
2) The Roundnose Grenadier has developed large eyes to capture what little light exists in the deep sea. It has also developed a novel solution to the problem of lighting up the darkness - it can produce and focus its own searchlight when hunting!! This red light lures food right to its waiting mouth, which helps it conserve energy by not having to chase down dinner.
3) To avoid being detected by predators, the Roundnose Grenadier can go into stealth mode. It uses the light organ on its belly to mask its silhouette from below and hide in plain sight from predators looking upward for food.
4) Imagine having a “Spidey” sense, which alerts you to fast approaching danger or food-allowing you a quick escape or a sudden ambush on your prey? Running down the length of the Roundnose Grenadier’s body is the ‘lateral line’ sense organ, which detects movements and vibration in the surrounding water.
5) Living at depths of between 700 — 10,000m is no easy feat. The Roundnose Grenadier has evolved to withstand up to 1000 times the pressure we feel at sea level.
6) Roundnose Grenadier can live for up to 80 years, which is a miracle when biological research has shown that it is generally bigger animals that live longer. Roundnose Grenadier grow to one and a half meters in size but share the same life span as humans and outlive both elephants (78 years) and whale wharks (70 years).
Any animal with that many super powers is worth saving! Don’t you agree?
via: Deep Sea Conservation Coalition