You’ve all seen bioluminescent sea creatures before. They’re those beautiful sea dwellers that are capable of making their own light.
But you may be a little less familiar with biofluroescent fish. At least I was.
Unlike bioluminescence, biofluorescence isn’t controlled by the animal. It’s caused when a fish — after absorbing lots of blue light — re-emits that light as different colors.
New York Times science writer, James Gorman explains it better than I can in the video below:
Check out photos of some of the coolest of the newly found fish:
Credits: biofluorescent stonefish (Synanceia verrucosa) AMNH; Chain catshark: A green biofluorescent chain catshark; biofluorescent false moray eel (Kaupichthys brachychirus) AMNH; biofluorescent lizardfish (Saurida gracilis) AMNH; biofluorescent goby (Eviota sp.) AMNH; biofluorescent ray (Urobatis jamaicensis) AMNH; biofluorescent sole (Soleichthys heterorhinos) AMNH; Scorpionfish: A red fluorescing scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis papuensis) perched on red fluorescing algae at night in the Solomon Islands. PLOS ONE; Triplefin blennie: A triplefin blennie (Enneapterygius sp.) under white light (above) and blue light (below) AMNH/J. Sparks and D. Gruber