NIGHTSEA recently collaborated with professor Randi Rotjan of Boston University on her work with the Schmidt Ocean Institute mission aimed at studying deep sea corals growing on seamounts within “PIPA.”
It is tempting to think that the fluorescence of animals is there to serve a visual function, but it is more likely that in most cases it is just an incidental phenomenon. There is a lot of hard science to do to demonstrate that the fluorescence is serving a purpose.
Congratulations to Jim Obester for his 1st place victory in National Geographic’s “Nature Photographer of the Year Contest” with his striking image of a tube-dwelling anemone (Cerianthus sp.).