The Mystery of the Largest Light in the Sea

The article explores the mysterious photophores of the Taningia danae, a deep-sea squid with massive, lemon-sized light organs at the tip of its arms. Despite being one of the largest photophores known to science, their function is still largely unknown. The article delves into the role of bioluminescence in the deep sea and proposes that the photophores may be used to stun predators or prey with a retina-bleaching flash of light. The article also highlights recent encounters with Taningia, including an intriguing interaction with a remote-operated submersible. Overall, the article offers a fascinating glimpse into the mysterious world of deep-sea bioluminescence and the intriguing communication possibilities of these massive light organs.

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