BIOLUMINESCENCE

Livings Lights
In order to see as many living lights as possible we are beginning our dive after dark. The light show we will witness is visible light made by living creatures also known as bioluminescence. Fireflies are bioluminescent. So are a few other land dwellers, like some earthworms, centipedes and fungi. But on land, bioluminescence is rare. By contrast, in the oceans, bioluminescence is very, very common. In fact, it would be difficult to find any place in the ocean where bioluminescence doesn’t exist.

In some places in the ocean bioluminescent creatures are so abundant that any disturbance such as a boat, a fish or, as you see here, even a hand passing through the water can produce a shimmering light show. You are piloting the vessel now. Simply by click the continue dive button to see some of the most common sources of bioluminescence in the ocean.




 


DR. WIDDER WELCOMES YOU TO COME ALONG WITH HER AS SHE EXPLORES THE GLOWING, SPARKLING, LUMINOUS WORLD OF BIOLUMINESCENCE.