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Glowing blue lights wash up in Japan

Posted on Tuesday, 21 August, 2012 | Comment icon 37 comments | News tip by: Simbi Laveau

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Photographs of strange glowing blue objects on a Japanese shoreline have been circulating the Internet.

The mysterious objects washed up on a beach in Toyama, Japan and are in fact a type of marine creature called firefly squids which give off a blue glow through bioluminescence.

In its natural environment the light-producing capabilities help it to evade predators below by allowing it to blend in with the light coming from the surface.

"These are firefly squids who spend their days in the deep Pacific Ocean only to go hunting near the oceanís surface when the sun goes down."

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Comment icon #28 Posted by Lava_Lady on 22 August, 2012, 5:33
Beautiful... mesmerizing...
Comment icon #29 Posted by Lrak on 22 August, 2012, 8:17
We're fascinated by glowing dead things...
Comment icon #30 Posted by BorisIWantToKnow on 22 August, 2012, 16:16
Well obviously they live on depths of 250-500+ meters that's why they're bioluminescent, maybe something scared them.....
Comment icon #31 Posted by lostpuppy211 on 22 August, 2012, 21:47
Animals usually know when something big is going to happen. Hold on to your hats Japan.
Comment icon #32 Posted by Tmars78 on 22 August, 2012, 22:49
http://www.hotaruika.../knowledges.htm It's also to spawn . http://www.seasky.or...efly-squid.html Did anyone bother to read either of these? It's not because they are dead. And I agree with whoever said they'd be awesome in a fish tank at home.
Comment icon #33 Posted by Simbi Laveau on 22 August, 2012, 23:01
Did anyone bother to read either of these? It's not because they are dead. And I agree with whoever said they'd be awesome in a fish tank at home. I would love a tank with stuff like this. I love cuttlefish .They are amazing . Some people do keep them as pets .Even a small tank cor one,is huge,but I think they need space .unless I could a whole wall rank ,I would feel as if I was torturing them,keeping them in such a small space .
Comment icon #34 Posted by Gamma-lunas on 23 August, 2012, 4:47
My best guess is Jellyfish. They look like small jellyfish.
Comment icon #35 Posted by Professortaylor on 23 August, 2012, 10:09
mmm, something the Japanese can eat at the cinema without dropping or loosing under the seat. Pretty clever them Japanese.
Comment icon #36 Posted by felines3 on 4 September, 2012, 15:42
Comment icon #37 Posted by Sakari on 5 September, 2012, 2:29
They said they taste good. Oh well, they won't last long. I wonder if they glow coming out?

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