Curious Creatures Glowing in the Dark


Science continues to discover and examine Curious Creatures Glowing in the Dark. It might be that these animals can inspire us to find ‘new ways to save energy, protect the planet and track diseases’.

Yet we are reminded of creatures that are familiar to us, from sea sparkle along Welsh beaches, to fireflies, used in early mining days. Thereafter, we travel to the ocean depths where humpback angler fish lure prey with their bioluminescent lanterns.

Travellers, meanwhile, visit the Waitomo Glowworm Caves in New Zealand, or watch a hawksbill sea turtle, ‘the first glowing reptile ever recorded’. Thereafter we learn of creatures who have been added to the list of those with this ability, including a New World flying squirrel discovered in the American Midwest.

Curious Creatures Glowing in the Dark is a fascinating, illuminating travelogue of nature. Bookwagon recommends this as a title to share and thereafter gift. It is a superbly satisfying nature study.

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Curious Creatures Glowing in the Dark

Zoë Armstrong and Anja Sušanj

(Flying Eye)– hardback

It seems that while the equipment humans have created to enable us to see in the dark, ‘animals have evolved to do all by themselves‘. Thereafter, Zoë Armstrong of Find the Spy invites us to discover Curious Creatures Glowing in the Dark.
It might be that ‘children in Wales‘ are up after sunset and encounter sea sparkle, made by ‘billions of tiny organisms- floating just below the surface of the water’. It seems that this sparkle is a method of communication.
Meanwhile, bioluminescence is used by predators to find food and distract predators. It is employed in the depths of the ocean to communicate. ‘Instead of using colour to express themselves’ three-quarters of creatures in this area, ‘use light’. 
There are further examinations of how and why light is used by a variety of life that enables it to ‘survive and thrive‘. What’s more it seems that scientists are fascinated by such a little understood phenomenon. After all, it is a sort of ‘superpower’ in the dark. Then again, how might we capture bioluminescence? It seems there is a history of experimentation in this area. These include European coalminers carrying bottles of fireflies, to ancient Romans rubbing walking sticks with jellyfish luminescence! What’s more, the fascination for bioluminescence is a worldwide phenomenon, from Japan’s firefly watching, to tourists travelling through New Zealand’s Waitomo Glowworm Caves.
Curious Creatures Glowing in the Dark includes fascinating information. What’s more, Anja Sušanj’s pictures are detailed and inviting. We learn such a lot about an under appreciated phenomena, yet feel inspired to learn more!  Altogether, Bookwagon recommends Curious Creatures Glowing in the Dark to readers at home and school.


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