Biofluorescence Everywhere!

At this rate, I am beginning to think everything alive has at least the capacity for biofluorescence and/or bioluminescence. We have glow-in-the-dark sharks, springhares that glow, platypuses, wombats, and possums that glow…. And researchers just discovered that Tasmanian devils glow in the dark.

God works wonders to behold, readers. It just may be that humans also glow in the dark, too – without being radioactive! Click the link to learn more, readers:

Biofluorescence in Tasmanian Devils Observed For the First Time at Toledo Zoo

Toledo Zoo has reported the first documented case of biofluorescence in Tasmanian devils!

Biofluorescence refers to the phenomenon by which a living organism absorbs light and reemits it as a different color. In a recent post, we presented how following the accidental discovery by U.S. scientists that platypuses glow under UV light, further tests by Australian scientists have shown that other mammals, including marsupials, also glow.

Now it turns out the Tasmanian devil glows in UV light too. And it looks kind of beautifully creepy.

The skin around the snout, eyes, and inner ear of the Tasmanian devil absorbs UV light (a type of light that is naturally abundant, yet invisible to humans) and reemits it as blue, visible light. At this stage, it is still unclear whether this instance of biofluorescence serves any ecological purpose or is simply a coincidence.

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