You'll probably be surprised to learn that over three-quarters of marine creatures have this remarkable ability (and not just plankton and jellyfish, but all kinds of other invertebrates and fish too, including sharks). Given that the oceans make up more than 70% of the Earth's surface, it's likely that bioluminescence is the most common form of communication on the planet.
Dr. Edie Widder is one of the world's foremost experts in bioluminescence, and she has made over 200 dives in submersibles to study the range of organisms that display this extraordinary ability. Edie joins us in The Garden to share the fascinating science behind the deep-sea's firework display, and what it tells us about life under the ocean.Read more
Covering almost three-quarters of the Earth, our amazing oceans are vast, beautiful, scary and relatively unexplored. This collection brings to the surface fascinating insights and stories across ocean science, conservation and culture.
1 How did oceans shape human history?
2 Where does the oxygen we breathe come from?
3 What alien habitats exist on the bottom of the ocean?
4 How does the ocean contribute to new drug development?
5 What is life like beneath the polar ice?
6 What does bioluminescence tell us about life in the ocean?
7 Why does the world need sharks?
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