FEB 25, 2019 8:06 PM PST

Scientists Are Learning More About the Properties of Biofluorescence

WRITTEN BY: Anthony Bouchard

Biofluorescence is the ability of an animal to absorb certain kinds of light and emit different wavelengths in its place. A handful of animals are known for exhibit biofluorescence, but the unexpected discovery of a fluorescent eel while studying coral reefs in the ocean drove David Gruber, Ph.D. to explore the matter further.

Upon gathering an exploration team, Gruber ventured around the world and documented more than 100 fluorescent sea creatures, including blennies, eels, sharks, and stingrays, among others. Gruber also takes particular interest in the fluorescent eyes of the seahorse, which he believes the creatures use to identify others when blending in with their surroundings to avoid predation.

Gruber also talks about the flower hat jelly, which sports green fluorescent tentacle tips that may lure potential prey and the swell shark which has a green fluorescent mask that the fish might use to communicate with one another.

Biofluorescence in the ocean inspires all sorts of scientific advances above the surface, and for that reason, researchers continue to investigate the properties of biofluorescence and its uses in nature.

About the Author
  • Fascinated by scientific discoveries and media, Anthony found his way here at LabRoots, where he would be able to dabble in the two. Anthony is a technology junkie that has vast experience in computer systems and automobile mechanics, as opposite as those sound.
You May Also Like
NOV 24, 2019
Genetics & Genomics
NOV 24, 2019
The Sequence of the Devil Worm Genome is Revealed
The 'Devil Worm' was found in an aquifer and is the deepest animal that's been found living beneath the surface of the Earth....
DEC 27, 2019
Genetics & Genomics
DEC 27, 2019
How Dog Genomics Can Teach Us More About Human Health
It's been estimated that there are around 70 million pet dogs in the United States, with around 36 percent of households owning at least one dog....
JAN 24, 2020
Cannabis Sciences
JAN 24, 2020
Sting Operation: Underage Customers Can't Buy Cannabis
Cannabis retailers in Colorado, Washington and Oregon have received top marks in secret tests to determine whether they were selling to underage buyers (yo...
JAN 28, 2020
Earth & The Environment
JAN 28, 2020
Humans Causing "Blue Acceleration" on Ocean Resources
Humans have depended on ocean resources for centuries. However, a recent analysis of the state of the ocean showed a sharp acceleration in human pressures...
FEB 02, 2020
Plants & Animals
FEB 02, 2020
Noasaurid Fossil Confirms Cretaceous Existence on Australia
A class of two-legged carnivorous dinosaur dubbed noasaurids are said to have existed in later half of the Cretaceous Era, but our understanding of their g...
FEB 09, 2020
Plants & Animals
FEB 09, 2020
Lightning Strike Kills Four Endangered Mountain Gorillas in Uganda
While perusing the confines of the Mgahinga National Park in Uganda earlier this month, a team of conservationists were unlucky enough to discover four dec...
Loading Comments...