How long does a lantern fish live?
These species usually live in the deeper middle zone of the ocean and travel shorter distances. In warmer waters, lanternfishes spawn year-round. In cooler waters they spawn once a year. Warm-water species live one year or less, whereas cooler-water species may live three or four years.
How do lantern fish survive?
With glowing blue-green lights embedded all over its body, the aptly-named lanternfish is well equipped for seeing and signaling in the dark. Special light-producing organs called photophores line its belly, helping the fish blend in with light-speckled water and confuse predators that might attack from below.
Do lantern fish light up?
Aptly named, this flashy fish emits its own light; lantern fish have organs on their bodies, called photophores, that produce a molecule called luciferin that, when combined with oxygen, makes a blue-green light. The same way fireflies glow on land, lantern fish can glow underwater, an effect called bioluminescence.