Animals are aglow at the Vancouver Aquarium

Dec 19 2017, 5:08 pm

How many times have toes been stubbed or things knocked over when looking for the light switch in the dark of the night? Though jellies don’t have brains, bones or hearts, they have no trouble navigating the dark. This is because jellies, and many other aquatic and non-aquatic animals, can create their own light! The Vancouver Aquarium’s winter feature, Luminescence: a celebration of aquatic light, showcases animals that glow in the dark through fluorescence or bioluminescence.

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When animals fluoresce, they absorb light from an external source and re-emit it through their bodies. Bioluminescence, on the other hand, refers to a chemical reaction within the animals’ bodies that helps them create light. This mesmerizing ability is on full display during Luminescence, where glow-in-the-dark jellies, fish, anemones, scorpions and many other animals will surely light up your face!

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Visit the Vancouver Aquarium during Luminescence to see the Jelly Swarm light display, the new deep-dive exhibit and the electric-eel-powered tree, and more.

Vancouver Aquarium’s Luminescence – A celebration of aquatic light

When: On now! November 28, 2013 to January 22, 2014

Where: Vancouver Aquarium in Stanley Park – 845 Avison Way, Vancouver


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