What are all those spots on the underside of this shark, and what do they do? Any guesses?
Answer: To hunt prey, a shark depends on its “ampullae of Lorenzini,” a series of jelly-filled canals on its snout that sense electrical impulses. Combined with the sense of smell, this “force-field” detector makes the white shark an efficient predator.

What are all those spots on the underside of this shark, and what do they do? Any guesses?

Answer: To hunt prey, a shark depends on its “ampullae of Lorenzini,” a series of jelly-filled canals on its snout that sense electrical impulses. Combined with the sense of smell, this “force-field” detector makes the white shark an efficient predator.

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    such cool creatures
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    cool
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    These are of course sensory tools, as far as I remember. Sort of taste/smell things, I think.
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    The holes are sort of sensors. They help the shark feel the electric currents coming from the fish around it
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    Ampulae of Lorenzini which give sharks their “6th sense” of detecting electrical impluses given off by animals
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    Ampullae of Lorenzini! They’re jelly-filled electroreceptors. Sharkey freckles~ They sense electricity. Yes.
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    Ooh! A prickly shark! It’s covered in dermal denticles hence the “prickly” name.

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