The awe-inspiring organisms that glow in the dark
They shine in more ways than one
Contrary to what the movies might lead you to believe, radioactive waste in the water isn't the only thing that can make animals glow in the dark and emit magnificent colors. There are countless animals in the wild who possess the marvelous powers of bioluminescence and biofluorescence.
What's the difference? A bioluminescent animal can produce its own light, while a biofluorescent organism can absorb outside light and remit it as its own. While most creatures with these amazing abilities are tiny things floating through the ocean, organisms from all walks of life, from mammals to mushrooms to mollusks, can use the power of light production to their advantage.
Intrigued? Read on to learn about some of the most magnificent organisms that glow in the dark.