Ultra-black fishes on the Smithsonian Magazine!


This deep-sea dragonfish has ultra-black skin capable of absorbing the bioluminescent light that might blow its cover. Photo by Karen Osborn, Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History.

Dr. Sönke Johnsen and PhD student Alex Davis' study on ultra-black deep-sea fishes was highlighted by the Smithsonian Magazine as one of the top 10 Ocean Stories of 2020. In a partnership with the Smithsonian, Dr. Johnsen and Davis described how some deep-sea fishes have a special arrangement of black pigments within their skin that absorb at least 99.5 percent of light. 

Read more about these ultra-black fishes on the Duke Today.

The scientific paper by DR. Johnsen, Davis and collaborators is here.

Read the Smithsonian's feature about this study here.

See all 10 Top Ocean Stories of 2020 here