Bioluminescence – Part 9

Hopefully you are not wearying of all of our discussion of glowing creatures. We have just a few more fascinating animals to investigate before we complete our survey. Consider the photo to the right, a luminescent reptile! This picture was taken in 2015 in the Solomon Islands. Divers observed the strange sight of a glowing red and green turtle! These psychedelic Christmas colors are given off by the rare hawksbill sea turtle. The luminescent phenomenon had previously been observed in loggerhead turtles in an aquarium. Technically, this glowing phenomenon is not bioluminescence but biofluorescence. How are the two different? Biofluorescence occurs when an organism absorbs light from an outside source, such as the sun, transforms it and then reemits it as a different color. Bioluminescence is when an animal produces their own light via a chemical reaction. God’s creative variety is incredible!


Posted on January 1, 2021 by dwoetzel.

One thought on “Bioluminescence – Part 9

  1. Rebekah – 

    Very cool! Thanks for showing off God’s creativity with this bioluminescent turtle! I just found your website because I was trying to gather images of dinosaurs depicted in artifacts to put together as a resource. But I was so pleased to discover that you have an incredibly thorough collection with great descriptions of where the artifacts are located and which dinosaurs they correspond to. Wow! I see that you have also collected scientific evidence and journal articles on the topic of dinosaurs. Thank you for doing this. This is really important work, and I thank God that you are doing it. God bless you!


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