Sunday, February 3, 2013

Deep-Sea Chimaera

source: The Science Llama

"Chimaeras are most closely related to sharks, although their evolutionary lineage branched off from sharks nearly 400 million years ago, and they have remained an isolated group ever since. Like sharks, chimaeras are cartilaginous and have no real bones. The lateral lines running across this chimaera are mechano-receptors that detect pressure waves (just like ears). The dotted-looking lines on the frontal portion of the face (near the mouth) are ampullae de lorenzini and they detect perturbations in electrical fields generated by living organisms. This image was captured at the ‘Zona Senja’ site near Sulawesi, Indonesia, on August 2, 2010."