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More on biological light, or Bioluminescence ~ Bioluminescent Organisms, Japan

Bioluminescent Organisms, Japan

Photograph by Paul A. Zahl

The transparent shells of tiny Cypridina hilgendorfii, found in the coastal waters and sands of Japan, hold a creature that emits a luminous blue substance when disturbed. During World War II, the Japanese harvested these creatures for soldiers to use when reading maps and messages at night.

(Photo shot on assignment for “Nature’s Night Lights—Probing the Secrets of Bioluminescence,” July 1971, National Geographic magazine)

click on image to enlarge/original link 😉

10 responses

  1. Fascinating!

    April 25, 2012 at 11:04 pm

    • agree,
      love this, want to see one close up 😉

      April 25, 2012 at 11:14 pm

  2. Glowing Blue Waves Explained

    April 25, 2012 at 11:13 pm

  3. they were so clever! the creatures are so….wired

    April 26, 2012 at 4:16 am

    • aren’t they cool, nature’s own night lights 🙂

      April 26, 2012 at 11:10 am

      • oh yeah, u r right! power of nature is amazing!

        April 26, 2012 at 3:45 pm

  4. Here in Greece we might need a lot of those…

    April 26, 2012 at 5:31 am

    • italy also, buying fighter jets when people are dying, people need to go to jail over this and we must arrest them, hog tie and toss in cell, like they did Manning

      April 26, 2012 at 11:12 am

  5. I knew I would like this just by the title alone…and I was not wrong. They are amazing!

    April 26, 2012 at 1:18 pm

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