Stars of The Sea- Bioluminescent Oceans

If you think stars only exist in the night sky well think again, this natural phenomenon called 'bioluminescence' is the oceans answer to the milky way.

Well, sort of. 


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What is bioluminescence you may ask?  It is "the light emitted by a bioluminescent organism is produced by energy released from chemical reactions occurring inside (or ejected by) the organism." And Yes, it happens right here in the shores of Indonesia too.

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If you’ve ever seen a firefly, you have encountered a bioluminescent organism. In the ocean, bioluminescence is not as rare as you might think. In fact, most types of animals, from bacteria to sharks, include some bioluminescent members.

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While the functions of bioluminescence are not known for all animals, typically bioluminescence is used to warn or evade predators), to lure or detect prey, for communication between members of the same species. -Oceans Service 


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Pretty cool huh?


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