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Check out these websites for more information about bioluminescence.

Teachers, for information about and classroom activities on bioluminescence, see the SDNHM Teacher's Guide that accompanied the exhibition, GLOW: Living Lights.

Biological Light in the Ocean Darkness — From the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Short article on the wonder and mystery of bioluminescent organisms in the sea.

Bioluminescence — From the Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution. An engaging overview of bioluminescence.


Common Blackdevil, a ceratioid anglerfish
Melanocetus johnsonii
© Edie Widder HBOI

Bioluminescence Questions and Answers — From the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Answers to ten common questions about bioluminescence.

The Chemistry of Bioluminescence — From the Biological Sciences Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

Glow With the Flow — From the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Scripps marine biologist Michael Latz and his graduate students study the effects of fluid motion on single-celled algae known as dinoflagellates. (For advanced readers.)

Growing Dinoflagellates at Home — This webpage describes how to obtain dinoflagellate cultures and grow them at home or school.

Images of bioluminescent organisms — From the Harvard University Biological Laboratories. Images include luminescent mushrooms and railroad worms.

Photos of Luminous Organisms — From the Biological Sciences Department at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Excellent photos and short descriptions of bioluminescent marine animals.


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