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Edith Widder talks about the weird and wonderful world of bioluminescence [TED Video]

By Shane Graber - Posted May 19, 2011 12:00 PM
Check out this week's TED Video presented by Edith Widder on bioluminescent marine organisms with some amazing video footage of bioluminescence in action.
Edith Widder talks about the weird and wonderful world of bioluminescence [TED Video]

Edith Widder.

Bioluminescence is the ability for an organism to produce it's own light and this ability is observed in many marine organisms. Anglerfish (order Lophiiformes) use it for hunting. Sea pens (order Pennatulacea) show this characteristic when touched.  Crystal jellyfish (Aequorea victoria) emit bright flashes of blue light.  The list goes on and on.

In this TED video, bioluminescent expert Edith Widder talks about this weird and wonderful world of bioluminescence and offers some amazing video footage of different marine organisms displaying this behavior when hunting, mating, and in self-defense situations.  Watch the video below be amazed:

http://www.ted.com/talks/edith_widder_the_weird_and_wonderful_world_of_bioluminescence.html

Author: Shane Graber
Location: Indiana

Shane has kept saltwater tanks for the last 12 years, is a research scientist, lives in northern Indiana, and is a proud Advanced Aquarist staffer.

Website: http://www.advancedaquarist.com/.

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