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Are vent shrimps blinded by science?

Herring, P.J.; Gaten, E.; Shelton, P.M.J.. 1998 Are vent shrimps blinded by science? Nature, 398 (6723). p.116. https://doi.org/10.1038/18142

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Abstract/Summary

The exploration of deep-sea hydrothermal vents has depended on the use of manned submersibles, which are invariably equipped with high-intensity floodlights. But the eyes of many deep-sea crustaceans, which are exquisitely adapted for the dim conditions at such depths, can suffer permanent retinal damage as a result. We suggest that the use of floodlights has irretrievably damaged the eyes of many of the decapod shrimps (family Bresiliidae) that dominate the fauna at vents on the Mid-Atlantic Ridge.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1038/18142
ISSN: 0028-0836
Date made live: 02 Apr 2008 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/150813

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