BioluminescenceBioluminescence from glowing plankton in sea tide line on beach, with stars above and ship lights on horizon.
Doug Perrine Vaadhoo Island, Raa Atoll, Maldives, Indian Ocean, October 2010
It doesn’t work so well on the beach, but bioluminescence usually distracts predators by disrupting their swimming behaviour and preventing them from feeding. It may also act as a burglar alarm to attract animals that feed on the predators. So what to us is a beautiful spectacle of light is to them a minefield (Journal of Plankton Research, DOI: 10.1093/plankt/fbh141). / Earth-Issues.com

Bioluminescence
Bioluminescence from glowing plankton in sea tide line on beach, with stars above and ship lights on horizon.

Doug Perrine
Vaadhoo Island, Raa Atoll, Maldives, Indian Ocean, October 2010

It doesn’t work so well on the beach, but bioluminescence usually distracts predators by disrupting their swimming behaviour and preventing them from feeding. It may also act as a burglar alarm to attract animals that feed on the predators. So what to us is a beautiful spectacle of light is to them a minefield (Journal of Plankton Research, DOI: 10.1093/plankt/fbh141). / Earth-Issues.com

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