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Marine Scientists Discover A Glowing Sea Turtle

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In the Solomon Islands, marine biologists were conducting research of some known underwater creatures that have the ability to display biofluorescence when they had a close encounter with a glowing sea turtle.

Biologist David Gruber of City University of New York had his camera on as he took shots of known biofluoresence animals - usually coral reefs and small sharks when suddenly, a shining turtle appeared.

The turtle was described as like a "bright red-and-green spaceship”. "This underwater UFO turned out to be a hawksbill sea turtle, which is significant because it's the first time that biofluorescence has ever been seen in reptiles”, Gruber said.

Biofluorescence is the ability to reflect the blue light hitting a surface and re-emit it as a different color while bioluminescence is the ability of an animals to either produce their own light through a series of chemical reactions, or host bacteria that give off light, National Geographic reports.

Gruber discovered that some locals were keeping captive young hawksbill turtles.  When he examined it, he found out that they all glowed red.

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source: National Geographic