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Making of Creatures of Light

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Published on Feb 27, 2012

What goes into the making of an exhibition about organisms that glow? Curator John Sparks, marine biologist David Gruber, and firefly expert Marc Branham discuss what's most surprising about bioluminescence, what it takes to produce a scientifically accurate model of a bioluminescent animal, and how to re-create the experience of scuba diving on a magnificent coral wall.

Creatures of Light (March 31, 2012 - January 6, 2013) introduces visitors to the astonishing variety of bioluminescent organisms and explores the various ways they glow, the functions of bioluminescence, and how scientists study this remarkable characteristic.

The exhibition unfolds through a series of immersive environments, beginning in a forest of bioluminescent mushrooms and taking visitors through a meadow filled with fireflies, a bioluminescent bay in Puerto Rico, coral reefs, and the deep sea to highlight the ways in which different animals use bioluminescence to attract mates and prey, and to threaten predators. Along the way, see live flashlight fish and special equipment, including a scale model of a deep-sea submersible.

To learn more about the exhibition, visit amnh.org

Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence is organized by the
American Museum of Natural History, New York,
in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature, Ottawa, Canada,
and The Field Museum, Chicago.

Generous support for Creatures of Light has been provided by
the Eileen P. Bernard Exhibition Fund.

Video credits:
Images:

David Gruber
Jim Hellemn
Tsuneaki Hiramatsu
Neil van Niekerk
John Sparks
AMNH/R. Mickens
FMNH/L. Smith
Edith A. Widder

Video:
AMNH/Department of Exhibition
David Conover
David Gruber

Music:
Tony Higgins,
"When I Dive It Just Feels Normal"
For more information about the artist, go to: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Ton...

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