Brighty, Shiny & Beautiful – Bioluminescence Edition.

This post will be an introduction to the phenomenon of Bioluminescence. Bioluminescence is the emission of light by living organisms utilizing chemical reactions.

The components of a bioluminescent pathway include a luciferin and a luciferase.Luciferin reacts with oxygen to form oxyluciferin, which emits light as a byproduct, luciferase is an enzyme that catalyzes this reaction, with molecules like ATP serving as co-factors.

Having got the nitty gritties of bioluminescence aside, I think it is time for visual appreciation…

Noctiluca Bioluminescence (credit - Phil Hart)

The photograph above is by Phil Hart and can be found here , it shows Noctiluca scintillans bioluminescence in action.

Metridia Longa
This is a photograph of the Bioluminescent copepod Metridia longa
Original image here.

Firefly Squid

The aforementioned image, copyright Y.Kito, is a Japanese Firefly Squid (Watasenia scintillans) , truly scintillating, ey?

Bioluminescent Jellyfish

Bioluminescent Jellyfish!

One more bioluminescent jellyfish

One more.

If you are looking for more bioluminescent eye candy, you may try the gallery here

Please do also look through this Scientific American article

Also do look around on google, this can be a spectacularly enthralling phenomenon.


One response to “Brighty, Shiny & Beautiful – Bioluminescence Edition.

  1. i love this entry! okay i’m not very science-y, but this blue stuff makes me really happy! i’ve always bugged my friend to find me some blue cells and stuff and he came across this and showed it to me immediately. awesome!!

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