Glow in the Dark Turtles Discovered

Moveover Teenage Ninja Mutant Turtles, these real life turtles actually glow in the dark.

Marine biologists were in the Solomon Islands filming biofluorescence in corals, sharks, rays, and other fish, when they observed the critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle showing of an impressive display of glowing neon red and green. The hawksbill sea turtle is the first biofluorescent reptile discovered.

Biofluorescence should not be mistaken with bioluminescence. Biofluorescence is a phenomenon by which organisms absorb blue light, transform it, and re-emit it as a different color. The most common re-emitted colors are red, green and orange. Bioluminescence is the ability of an animal to produce their own light, either through chemical reactions or by bacteria the animal is hosting.

“[Biofluorescence is] usually used for finding and attracting prey or defense or some kind of communication”

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Source National Geographic
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