Breakthrough in Research On Giant Flashlight Fish


Research performed by a teenage student paves the way towards vital information regarding giant flashlight fish. Caroline Edmonda, 13 year old California based student measure how often flashlight fish flashed their glow-in-the-dark eye patches. Flashlight fish (Anomalops katoptron) lives in Indian Ocean as well as central and western Pacific. This fish gets its name from a small glow-in-the-dark patch found in a pocket of tissue under each eye, explains Caroline Edmonda, a student of Talbert Middle School. She got an opportunity to study about flashlight fish while working as a volunteer at Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach. Caroline’s research focuses on “when and why giant flashlight fish uses lime green flashlight?” Caroline made ninety videos of Giant Flashlight Fish to obtain a crystal clear idea about its behavior.
California based teenager’s research revealed that flashlight fish glow light to attract mate, lure food or to confuse a predator fish. She points out that number of flashes made by flashlight fish were very few during night time. Ms Edmonda presented her research to the public at the venue of Broadcom Masters contest. Caroline concludes, “When a giant flashlight fish wants to flash its light, it rotates the bacteria filled pocket towards the outside of its body. When a fish hides its light, it swivels the pocket back towards the inside”.
Via [Society for Science]