Meet amazing animals with the natural ability to glow in the dark in our special temporary exhibit: Living Lights.
Living Lights will introduce you to some of the most strangely interesting creatures in the sea: animals that can give off light through a process called bioluminescence. Live animals displayed include flashlight fish, pinecone fish, chain catsharks, crystal jellyfish and more. In addition to the marine animals in “Living Lights,” terrestrial examples featured include a scorpion – they’re naturally fluorescent – and a common forest fungus (Panellus stipticus) that glows as its spores mature.
Learn the mechanics of bioluminescence and explore how bioluminescence is used by animals to attract mates, find prey and deter predators. In addition, you also can learn about medical and environmental advances made possible through the study of bioluminescent and fluorescent organisms.