Nature is always throwing surprises at us in the form of flora and fauna that are so strange, they could have come from fiction stories.
One of those surprise finds is a fish so cunning and deadly but it fellow fishes are totally ignorant of it because of its unique feature.
It is the dragonfish, and it has recently been discovered why the fish has been able to survive for so long, but then they found out that the fish has fangs that are so transparent that other fishes don’t suspect their intentions when they come close.
A group of researchers studied the dragon fish species scientifically called Aristostomias scintillans that were captured at about 1,000 meters in the pacific ocean.
The fish is shaped like an eel and can reach up to 10 inches in length. The most prominent aspect of the fish is its teeth and it keeps them open so as to snap up any prey that comes along.
Like some deep sea fish, dragon fishes can produce their own light through their bioluminescent photophores which they use to attract mates and lure prey.
Using an electron microscope, they were able to discover that the tooth of the dragon fish lacked microscopic channels which were usually associated with color in animal tooth.
They also contain nanocrystals in an enamel-like outer layer. In addition to this, their eel like body help them sneak up on prey undetected in the dark depths of the ocean.
According to researchers from the University of California, San Diego, this discover can pave way for new bio-inspired materials, including transparent ceramics.
“By studying why these teeth are transparent, we can better understand deep-sea organisms like the dragonfish and the adaptations they evolved to live in their environments.”
‘They spend most of their time sitting around with their jaws open, waiting for something to come by,’ Velasco-Hogan, a materials science PhD student at the UC San Diego Jacobs School of Engineering, said.
‘Their teeth are always exposed, so it’s important that they are transparent so they don’t reflect or scatter any bioluminescent light from the environment.’