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Bioluminescent: A Glow-in-the-Dark Gallery

Green flippers

Hawksbill sea turtle

(Image credit: Copyright David Gruber)

The hawksbill turtle may fluoresce to help it blend in with glowing coral reefs.

Psychedelic shell

Glowing sea turtle shell

(Image credit: Copyright David Gruber)

The hawksbill turtle shell glows a brilliant red and green. The red is likely from biofluorescent red algae on its shell.

Wynne was a reporter at The Stamford Advocate. She has interned at Discover magazine and has freelanced for The New York Times and Scientific American's web site. She has a masters in journalism from Columbia University and a bachelor's degree in biology from the University of Utah.