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Old 03-17-2010, 04:01 PM
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Ok, I've been searching around the net about bioluminescence for some time and I found some great things...

Firstly, the list of all organisms that glow...

The list
Animals:
  • certain arthropods
    • fireflies
    • glow worms
      • railroad worms
    • certain mycetophilid flies
    • certain centipedes
    • certain millipedes
  • a terrestrial mollusc (a tropical land snail)
    • Quantula striata
  • annelids
Fungi:
  • Mushrooms
    • Jack O'Lantern mushroom (Omphalotus olearius)
    • ghost fungus (Omphalotus nidiformis)
    • Honey mushroom
    • Panellus stipticus
    • several species of Mycena
Fish
  • Cookie-cutter shark
  • Marine hatchetfish
  • Anglerfish
  • Flashlight fish
  • Pineconefish
  • Porichthys
  • Gulper eel
  • Many rattails
Marine invertebrates
  • many cnidarians
    • Sea pens
    • coral
    • Aequorea victoria, a jellyfish
  • certain Ctenophores or "comb jellies"
  • certain echinoderms (e.g. Ophiurida)
  • certain crustaceans
    • ostracods
    • copepods
    • krill
  • certain chaetognaths
  • certain molluscs
    • certain clams, bivalves
    • certain nudibranchs, sea slugs
    • Octopus
      • Bolitaenidae
    • the order Teuthida
      • Colossal Squid
      • Mastigoteuthidae
      • Sepiolidae
      • Sparkling Enope Squid
      • Vampire squid
Microorganisms
  • Dinoflagellates
  • Vibrionaceae (e.g. Vibrio fischeri, Vibrio harveyi, Vibrio phosphoreum)
  • Fungi species - A total of 71 species are bioluminescent including species of Armillaria, Omphalotus, Mycena, Gerronema, Pleurotus.


Now for some pictures/videos

Panellus Stipticus


^ This looks soooo beautiful ^ (press for higher resolution)

Then, a .gif of this mushroom: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...9_Animated.gif (NOTE: its HUGE file)




Dinoflagellate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN1Yxq8KMsw
(The plankton (Dinoflagellate) glows when people throw rocks in to the water.)

A photograph of Dinoflagellates





And, a nice article about using bioluminescence in everyday lives:
http://www.worldchanging.com/archives/010401.html



I will post more stuff if I find any!
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:02 PM
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At last! Awesome. Cant w8 to have sme of those in my garden ^^
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:07 PM
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Omphalotus nidiformis



(Press on pics for higher resolution.)
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:08 PM
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what happens if you eat one of those?
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:10 PM
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You will glow in the dark just like the Na'vi

(wishful thinking on our part..)
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Old 03-17-2010, 04:19 PM
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haha im sure you can get glowing spots if you ask a Chief Biologist ^^
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Okay, Thorinair begged my to do this post.

I experienced the plankton biolum for real.

10 years ago i was visiting some of the Dutch Islands in the North Sea.
And i had the luck to get that ONE day in every 3 years, when the plnkton was blooming.

It really looks like in the videos. But these plankton glowed green-blue.

Back then i decided to have the "full" experience. The moment was just too perfect.
At the horizon a thunderstorm glowed in reddish colors, the waves glowed green-blue and it was absolutly silent, except the silent thunderrumble in the distance and the sound of the waves.

I walked into the water and because of the plankton reacting to movement every step glowed.
When the water was as high as my chin, i stood still and hold my breath.
And you could see the heartbeat in my chest, glowing green in the rhythm of my heart. When i was breathing again, every breath was viewable, on the one hand by the slightly glowing of the chest, on the other hand by my breath on the water surface.

It was the absolutly most beautiful thing i ever saw in my life. And i keep that memory in my mind.
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Old 03-17-2010, 05:38 PM
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Okay, Thorinair begged my to do this post.

I experienced the plankton biolum for real.

10 years ago i was visiting some of the Dutch Islands in the North Sea.
And i had the luck, to get that ONE day in every 3 years, when the plnkton was is blooming.

It really looks like in the videos. But these plankton glowed green-blue.

Back then i decided to have the "full" experience. The moment was just too perfect.
At the horizon a thunderstorm glowed in reddish colors, the waves glowed green-blue and it was absolutly silent, except the silent thunderrumble in the distance and the sound of the waves.

I walked into the water, and because of the plankton reacting to movement, every step glowed.
When the water was as high as my chin, i stood still and hold my breath.
And you could see the heartbeat in my chest, glowing green in the rhythm of my heart. When i was breathing again, every breath was viewable, on the one hand by the slightly glowing of the chest, on the other hand by my breath on the water surface.

It was the absolutly most beautiful thing i ever saw in my life. And i keep that memory in my mind.
That is so beautiful.... I don't know why, but it makes me cry...
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This thread is awesome! I found a few pics, if anyone's interested:
Some bacteria:


A squid:


Found both of those here.

And then some glow worms:





Found those here.
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That is so beautiful.... I don't know why, but it makes me cry...
Same here. That was beautiful.
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Dinoflagellate

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EN1Yxq8KMsw
(The plankton (Dinoflagellate) glows when people throw rocks in to the water.)

A photograph of Dinoflagellates
DO WANT

What I really want, is bioluminescent bacteria, which it would be possible to tattoo into the skin, to get Na'vi style bioluminescent markings
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Okay, Thorinair begged my to do this post.

I experienced the plankton biolum for real.

10 years ago i was visiting some of the Dutch Islands in the North Sea.
And i had the luck to get that ONE day in every 3 years, when the plnkton was blooming.

It really looks like in the videos. But these plankton glowed green-blue.

Back then i decided to have the "full" experience. The moment was just too perfect.
At the horizon a thunderstorm glowed in reddish colors, the waves glowed green-blue and it was absolutly silent, except the silent thunderrumble in the distance and the sound of the waves.

I walked into the water and because of the plankton reacting to movement every step glowed.
When the water was as high as my chin, i stood still and hold my breath.
And you could see the heartbeat in my chest, glowing green in the rhythm of my heart. When i was breathing again, every breath was viewable, on the one hand by the slightly glowing of the chest, on the other hand by my breath on the water surface.

It was the absolutly most beautiful thing i ever saw in my life. And i keep that memory in my mind.

That is amazing! I want to do that!
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At last! Awesome. Cant w8 to have sme of those in my garden ^^
You can't seed them in a different environment. Imagine the fact that these kinda species won't act the same in our environment, that's for sure... Since we destroyed our close atmosphere and areas which held great and unique plants long time ago, you can see that if you plant a tree in a park it won't last cause of exhaust gasses and less sunlight.

Anyway, these are awesome... I like very much to see such things on Earth. That glowing beach is awesome, and I'm a little curious, only the sand on the beach is glowing or underwater too?

I want to live enough to go see all those bioluminiscent species on Earth.
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Old 03-18-2010, 08:07 AM
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That glowing beach is awesome, and I'm a little curious, only the sand on the beach is glowing or underwater too?
Everything is glowing because it's the plankton in the water itself
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Still...its so AWESOME! Nature is wonderful. Maybe those scientists should create an atmospheric purifier of some sorts xD that would be neat ^^
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