Bioluminescence, or the ability of an organism to create light, is one of nature’s most amazing phenomena, seemingly drawn more from science fiction than science and natural history. It has been estimated that 90 percent of the animals living in the pelagic zone (water column) are bioluminescent. However, information on bioluminescence in the deep-sea benthos (organisms that live on the ocean bottom) is sparse.
Choose from the sections below to further explore ocean exploration education resources on bioluminescence.
Explore fact sheets, essays, and stories from our explorers to learn more about the study of bioluminescence.Read more
Access selected lessons about bioluminescence developed by scientists and educators during past expeditions.Read more