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The Bioluminescence Coloring Book

Secret Lights In The Sea Video
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This is much more than a coloring book. It is an introduction to the fascinating world of creatures that make their own light. Inside this book, you will discover the many remarkable ways that animals create and use light to help them survive in the dark. Glow-in-the-dark paints are provided as a tool to help bring the unusual subject matter to life. These paints are child-safe, non-toxic and clean up with water. Includes color poster of deep-sea animals!
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Bioluminescence is cold chemical light made by animals. On land it is rare, with fireflies the best-known examples. But in the ocean - it is everywhere! Witness extraordinary light shows with these video recordings collected by Dr. Edie Widder, one of the world's leading authorities on bioluminescence. This educational video provides spectacular imagery and a wealth of information about how and why animals make light.

ORCA Hat

ORCA Bag
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ORCA Decal

Indian River Lagoon note cards
Blank note cards, 8 for $10.00. Photographs by conservation photographer Carlton Ward, Jr.

4 x 6 Oval
Blank note cards

These sci-art collaborations between Dr. Edie Widder and Dr. Steve Bernstein are
one-of-a-kind, limited print editions of digital art on aluminum.

Color Splash

Color Blind
20"H x 40"W
This deep-sea squid, Histioteuthis sp., is sometimes called the cock-eyed squid because one eye is larger than the other. The large eye looks upward at dim down-welling sunlight for silhouettes of potential prey. The smaller eye (shown below) looks downward for flashes of bioluminescence that might reveal approaching predators. The underside of the squid is studded with jewel-like light organs called photophores that the squid uses to camouflage itself with a trick called counterillumination. The light from the light organs exactly matches the color and intensity of the dim downwelling sunlight so the squid effectively eliminates its silhouette.
25"H x 25"W
This juvenile deep-sea squid, Grimalditeuthis bonplandi, is rarely seen and little known. Adult females have light organs on the tips of their arms. Like most squid it is believed to be color blind – a paradox given how many squid are color-change artists.

Connecting The Dots

Hide & Seek
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The underside of the deep-sea squid Abralia veranyi showing the bioluminescent light organs that the squid uses to hide in plain sight by camouflaging itself against the downwelling sunlight or moonlight. This trick, called counterillumination, is a common adaptation in the open ocean where animals play the same games of hide and seek that animals do on land. Predators need to sneak up on prey and prey need to hide from predators, but they must do so in the open ocean - a world without hiding places.
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The underside of the deep-sea squid Abralia veranyi showing the bioluminescent light organs that the squid uses to hide in plain sight by camouflaging itself against the downwelling sunlight or moonlight. This trick, called counterillumination, is a common adaptation in the open ocean where animals play the same games of hide and seek that animals do on land. Predators need to sneak up on prey and prey need to hide from predators, but they must do so in the open ocean - a world without hiding places.

Seafood Watch® Pocket Guides
Worldwide, the demand for seafood is increasing. Yet many populations of the large
fish we enjoy eating are overfished and, in the U.S., we import 80% of our seafood to
meet the demand. Destructive fishing and fish farming practices only add to the problem. By purchasing fish caught or farmed using environmentally friendly practices, you’re supporting healthy, abundant oceans. There are 8 regional pocket guides to assist you in making ocean friendly-seafood purchases.

Download Your Pocket Guide


Purchase Amazon Books Through Our Site And Help ORCA
ORCA, in association with Amazon, receives a percentage of each recommended book sold. These books are favorites of ours and we hope you will enjoy them as much as we do. In purchasing a book through our site you are helping ORCA in it's efforts to protect and restore our ocean and marine habitats.


 

ORCA IS DEDICATED TO THE PROTECTION & RESTORATION OF AQUATIC ECOSYSTEMS &
THE SPECIES THEY SUSTAIN THROUGH THE DEVELOPMENT OF INNOVATIVE TECHNOLOGIES
& SCIENCE BASED CONSERVATION ACTION.
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-Alexandra Cousteau
Global Water Advocate



DID YOU KNOW?
The major causes of coral reef decline are coastal development, sedimentation, destructive fishing practices, pollution, tourism and global warming.