Midnight Shark Biofluorescence Research!
Dr. David Gruber of Luminescent Labs in the Bahamas searching for biological fluorescence in sharks. Recently, the LL Team has published the neon fluorescent phenomena to be present in two gorgeous shark species: Cephaloscyllium ventriosum and Scyliorhinus retifer.
Emerging Explorers Program -- National Geographic
National Geographic’s Emerging Explorers Program recognizes and supports uniquely gifted and inspiring young adventurers, scientists, photographers, and storytellers.
Luminescent Labs member David Gruber enlisted as National Geographic Emerging Explorer. More subsea glowing discoveries to come…
Neon Sharks Caught on Camera
April 13, 2014 |
Luminescent Labs researchers studying biofluorescent coral also discovered a shark that reflects certain light, along with a stingray, eel, and other fish. The study, publish…
In Search of Biofluorescence…
Dr. David Gruber and the team from Luminescent Labs conducting midnight reef research off Mborokua Island, Solomon Islands.
Photo: Wade Fairley
Biofluorescent Synodontidae (Au naturel)
Some fish need genetic implantation to give off a light show of this caliber. But, this lizardfish shines naturally! Here is Synodus saurus exhibiting her inherent green biofluorescent properties.
Lizardfish heads resemble those of lizards and they have slender, cylindrical bodies. Some lizardfish can grow to almost two feet long. They can be found in tropical and subtropical marine waters and much prefer sandy environments.
For more information on their secret light show, see: http://www.plosone.org/article/info%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pone.0083259
Photo: Drs. David Gruber/John Sparks
March 27, 2014 |
Scientists have identified more than 180 species of fishes that glow in a wide range of colors and patterns. The research shows that biofluorescence—a phenomenon by which organisms absorb light, transform it, and eject it as a different color—is common and variable among marine fish species, indicating its potential use in communication and mating. The report opens the door for the discovery of new fluorescent proteins that could be used in biomedical research.
March 19, 2014 |
❝ Anything found to be true for E. coli [bacteria] must also be true of elephants ❞
— Jacques Monod - 1954
March 18, 2014 |
Biofluorescence of the seahorse, Hippocampus erectus.
Photo: Drs. David Gruber, Vincent Pieribone, John Sparks. Animation: Emma Welles.
March 16, 2014 |
South Pacific Submarine Descent
Luminescent Lab’s Drs. David Gruber and John Sparks getting ready to submerge 1000 meters on this Solomon Island coral reef —in search of luminescent and fluorescent creatures. Dave McAloney does a final system of the Triton 3300/3 before dropping down…
Photo: Ken Corben
The Retro Submarine Suit
This 1715 design by Englishman John Lethbridge is perhaps the earliest known model of an atmospheric diving suit. Donning his “diving engine”, Lethbridge made several 20-minute dives to 20 meters; including one to salvage sunken silver treasure chests from the English Indiaman Vansittart in Cape Verdes.
Check out Luminescent Labs summer plans to use the latest atmospheric diving suit to search for submerged treasures in the ocean darkness: bioluminescent animals!
March 10, 2014 |