Fluorescence Found in Fish

Study reveals biofluorescence in more than 180 fish species

New study reveals biofluorescence in fish (Courtesy of American Museum of Natural History)
Photo: Courtesy of American Museum of Natural History

Scientists have stumbled upon something brilliant. A study released Wednesday shows that hundreds of fish species are bioflourescent, absorbing a high-energy blue light and turning it into beautiful greens, oranges, and reds.

Beyond the visual spectacle, the findings might lead toward major developments in determining how these species communicate and mate.

The first sign of this biofluorescence was noticed when a team of scientists from the American Museum of Natural History was studying coral, which is already known for its fluorescent properties. After a day of photographing the coral, the team noticed a fluorescent green eel, which lead to further studies, reports The New York Times.

Human divers are able to see some of the fluorescence with the naked eye. However, it becomes greatly enhanced with the help of an intense blue light, which the divers used during the research.

A biofluorescent lizardfish. (Courtesy of American Museum of N)

The study will travel in an exhibit titled “Creatures of Light: Nature’s Bioluminescence,” which will open in May at the Canadian Museum of Nature. 

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