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Luminescent Turtles & Young Explorers

Luminescent Turtles & Young Explorers

Author: Hugh Bollinger/Sunday, January 26, 2020/Categories: natural history, video, marine life, environment

                    Bio-luminescent Comb Jellyfish, Bolinopsis infundibulum (credit: Wikicommons)

Biodiversity constantly presents surprises, often when least expected.

While diving in the Solomon Islands, two young explorers discovered a luminescent Hawksbill turtle never seen before. The two divers originally wanted to video luminescent corals and other marine creatures that possess the beautiful natural trait of Bioluminescence. The strange and eerie colors are produced by the light-emitting pigment luciferin and the enzyme luciferase. It naturally occurs in many marine creatures as well as some species of terrestrial fungi, bacteria, and insects such as fire flies. When viewed under ultraviolet light, the colors can seem otherworldly.

David Gruber, a National Geographic Young Explorer Grantee, and his dive partner were shocked at the docile nature of the large sea turtle in their presence. The marine creature followed them while showing off its shimmering colors covering its shell, feet, and head as if at a fashion show runway. Be amazed:

Bio luminescence Sea Turtle Discovered by Young Explorer (credit: National Geographic Society)



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