2009-12-25

The hidden fluorescent colours of the oceans(2)

From coral to crabs it seems everything under the water is aglow.
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Lobophyllia coral fluorescing.
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Dr Nico Michiels from University Tubingen, Germany, has been pioneering new research into fluorescing sea life in his latest studies. 'You can actually see these colours with the human eye' he says...
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...'the special torches that filter out other colours helps to enhance the effect of the fluorescent pigments'
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'Once you have been trained to look out for it' Dr Nico Michiels adds, 'you can see the creatures that are fluorescing'
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There are a lot of theories on why the creatures fluoresce. Some may change to imitate the colours in the background to act as a camouflage...
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while some species fluoresce the colours possibly to attract one another. Goby fish and coral
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Companies around the world offer the chance to dive at night while armed with LED torches
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