Have you ever wondered why fireflies or jellyfish are so attractive? What makes them emit light? Is it for protection, luring, attacking or mating? Nature in itself is a vast, elusive storehouse of such light-emitting organisms. Be it marine life or non-marine organisms, we’ve several creatures with bioluminescence. Here, focusing on marine dwelling species, we’ve listed some of these most amazing life forms:
This is the most beautiful sea-dweller, I guess, owing to a transparent, bioluminiscent body.
The squid in this image, Abralia veranyi, has mastered disguise and can ably counter-illuminate against sunlight or moonlight.
It produces a sudden flash of light to disorient victims.
You can see them blooming anywhere since they are common in freshwater habitats and the ocean as well.
Those bulging eyes might instill awe among onlookers for sure. The Cockatoo Squid is found in New England.
The viperfish, Chauliodus sloani, has luminescent fins to lure its prey. It’s a quiet and glowing invitation to its victims.
Anglerfish (Cryptopsaras couesi):
Cryptopsaras couesi does it to attract mates.
Their large, tubular, permanently fixed eyes collect the faintest of light for better visibility.
What is Bioluminescence?
Bioluminescence is the natural mechanism responsible for the production and emission of cold light by a living organism due to a chemical reaction that converts chemical energy into light energy. In most cases, it’s because of Adenosine triphosphate (ATP).