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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