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Comb jellyfish in the deep

What is Bioluminescence & What Makes It?

What is Bioluminescence? Bioluminescence is light produced by living things, such as plants and animals, from a chemical reaction. The most common bioluminescent animals we see is from comb jellies and the most common bioluminescent plants we see are a group of algae called dinoflagellate plankton.  The light is produced in specialized cells that allow chemical …

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Comb Jellies

What Are Comb Jellies? These simple bioluminescent animals are 95% water and can be found anywhere from the deep ocean to shallow coastal areas like the Indian River Lagoon. Comb jellies can swim but are considered zooplankton because the forces from currents and tides are normally too strong from them to swim against. Although they don’t seem …

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