Scientists have managed to recreate a sensor that emulates the functionality of the “Ampullae of Lorenzi” found in sharks.

This organ located near a shark’s mouth is what gives them the ability to deploy a “sixth sense,” allowing the apex predator to track its prey using the Ampullae which can detect and home in on the slight electrical fields generated by the hearts of the animals around them.

Researchers have created a new quantum material called samarium nickelate. The material, which can transmit protons incredibly rapidly, has then allowed scientists to develop a sensor which is able to mimic the functionality of the shark’s “Ampullae of Lorenzi.”

The prototype has proved successful in testing and opens up a whole new world of possibilities. Researchers hope the new material will have wide-ranging applications from marine biology to defence.

You can check out a video about the development below.

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Sam Helmy is a TDI/SDI Instructor Trainer, and PADI Staff and Trimix Instructor. Diving for 28 years, a dive pro for 14, I have traveled extensively chasing my passion for diving. I am passionate about everything diving, with a keen interest in exploration, Sharks and big stuff, Photography and Decompression theory. Diving is definitely the one and only passion that has stayed with me my whole life!

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