Capability Of Deep Sea Creatures To Emit Light

Ngebray.com,- This is not C.G.I., it’s J.G.I. or Jellyfish Generated Imagery. In this case the bioluminescent atolla jellyfish. It’s a kind of amazing display that comes from creatures in the sea that make their own light. And there are a lot of them.

Picture from wired.com

A recent study found that among ocean dwellers that you can see with the naked eye, although of course, you’d have to be underwater for most of them, three quarters are bioluminescent. Steven Haddock did the study. He said, “I always think of it like a superpower. We think of these as, like ‘oh, they’re so primitive, these creatures’ but they can do something that we can only dream of doing you know? Making light come out of your fingertips or throwing pixie dust of glowing light out at will.”

These creatures make light with chemicals in their own bodies. This is how they do it. Luciferase, and enzyme, prompts a chemical reaction in which luciferin molecules absorb energy and then release it as light. Often they’re trying to scare off predators. They may even shoot out bioluminescent material, like this shrimp expelling a blob of light.

Most of this world is hidden from human beings. There are yellow sea worms, red ctenophores, bristle worms, small crustaceans, and lots and lots of jellyfish. When you see some of these creatures, it’s a reminder that the world is full of Cinderellas. Sea cucumbers. They’re pretty ugly. Just lumps to most humans. But when they light up at night, the party is on.