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::Bioluminescence - A Selection of the Best
Bioluminescent animals can glow in the dark, making light that is used in many different ways in the blackness of the abyss. From the glowing lures of bioluminescent anglerfish, to the camouflage lights of the hatchetfish and defensive flashes of krill swarms.

The photos below are a select few from our Bioluminescence gallery - to view the complete collection please visit the Bioluminescence Gallery

Deep-sea glass squid
Deep-sea glass squid(Teuthowenia pellucida)
The glass squid, Teuthowenia pellucida, an ecologically important Southern Hemisphere deep-sea squid. This species has light organs on its eyes and possesses the ability to roll into a ball, like an aquatic hedgehog. It is prey of many deep-sea fish (eg goblin sharks) as well as whales and oceanic seabirds.
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Glow worm
Glow worm(Arachnocampa luminosa)
A glow worm lights up its web in an effort to attract prey. The beads of light below the worm are reflected off beads of sticky mucus on the strands of hanging silk.
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Glass squid
Deep-sea glass squid(Teuthowenia pellucida)
A martian? No, it's the glass squid, Teuthowenia pellucida, an ecologically important Southern Hemisphere deep-sea squid. This species has light organs on its eyes and possesses the ability to roll into a ball, like an aquatic hedgehog. It is prey of many deep-sea fish (eg goblin sharks) as well as whales and oceanic seabirds.
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Giant hatchetfish
Giant Hatchetfish(Argyropelecus gigas)
The giant hatchetfish is the largest member of its family, and has tubular upward facing eyes. It uses downward-facing light organs to disguise its silhouette from below.
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Deep-sea glass squid
Deep-sea glass squid(Teuthowenia pellucida)
The glass squid, Teuthowenia pellucida, an ecologically important Southern Hemisphere deep-sea squid. This species has light organs on its eyes and possesses the ability to roll into a ball, like an aquatic hedgehog. It is prey of many deep-sea fish (eg goblin sharks) as well as whales and oceanic seabirds.
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Bamboo coral
Deep-sea bamboo coral(Acanella)
Bamboo coral is found in all the world's deep oceans. They are strongly bioluminescent, emitting waves of blue light along their branches.
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Krill
Krill(Nyctiphanes australis)
The krill, Nyctiphanes australis, is abundant off New Zealanad, where it is an important prey item for many marine mammals, birds, fishes and invertebrates.
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Krill
Krill(Nyctiphanes australis)
The feeding basket of the krill, Nyctiphanes australis. Note the feathery gills and photophores, characteristic of the krill family This species is abundant off New Zealanad, where it is an important prey item for many marine mammals, birds, fishes and invertebrates.
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Krill
Krill(Nyctiphanes australis)
Bioluminescence of a swarm of krill, Nyctiphanes australis. This species is abundant off New Zealanad, where it is an important prey item for many marine mammals, birds, fishes and invertebrates.
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View the complete collection in our Bioluminescence Gallery


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