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Bobtail squid have a symbiotic relationship with bioluminescent bacteria (Vibrio fischeri), which inhabit a special light organ in the squid’s mantle. The bacteria are fed a sugar and amino acid solution by the squid and in return hide the squid’s silhouette when viewed from below by matching the amount of light hitting the top of the mantle. The organ contains filters which may alter the wavelength of luminescence closer to that of downwelling moonlight and starlight; a lens with biochemical similarities to the squid’s eye to diffuse the bacterial luminescence; and a reflector which directs the light ventrally.
Image taken at Rye Pier, Vic


  • ChrisCoombes
    ChrisCoombesalmost 3 years ago

    Very, cool shot!

  • LindaR
    LindaRalmost 3 years ago

    simply amazing ~ the longer I look the more I could see ~ their embrace, the luminescence ~ which to learn about is so cool! you nailed another incredible shot Matt ~ xx

  • yook
    yookalmost 3 years ago

    Aced yet another squid shot mate.

  • talidepablos
    talidepablosalmost 3 years ago

    Great shot!

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