During a recent night dive near the Solomon Islands, a team of scientists were stunned to discover a glowing hawksbill sea turtle. It’s the first documented case of biofluorescence in a reptile.
A team of researchers led by scientists from the American Museum of Natural History has released the first report of widespread biofluorescence in the tree of life of fishes, identifying more than 180 species that glow in a wide range of colors and patterns.
Biofluorescence is what happens when an animal absorbs light, then throws it back out in a different color. It's one of the weirdest and most beautiful traits in the animal kingdom, but now we know it is not among the rarest. Scientists have just identified 180 new biofluorescent fish — and they look pretty amazing.