BIOLUMINESCENT NATURE

This is my selection of bioluminescent creatures, glowing creatures and wonders of this planet. From the woods to the deep-sea depths.

Bioluminescence
ˌbʌɪə(ʊ)luːmɪˈnɛs(ə)ns/Submit
noun
the biochemical emission of light by living organisms such as glow-worms and deep-sea fish.
the light emitted by organisms such as glow-worms and deep-sea fish.

Our world is imperfect. Wether we like it or not, there is only one, and even if it’s imperfect, it does not cease to amaze me with its wonders and beauty.

Here is my selection of creatures, great and microscopic that all share one characteristic: the capability of emitting inner light created by the own organism. A great portion of these pictures belongs to deep-sea creatures. Even where the light does not reach and conditions are extreme, life flourishes in the most diverse and astonishing ways. Life is cruel as it is beautiful.

I have to admit that I have also included some pictures of creatures that technically do not match the above definition, because either they are merely reflecting the light (the scorpio is reflecting UV light for example) or are results of science experiments (the glowing rats doesn’t come from Springfield, they were inoculated with jellyfish glowing cells). Nevertheless, glowing or reflecting I think these are amazing images, so we must appreciate the abundant variety of life forms on earth, and we must all take action to preserve it and maintain it for future generations.

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