Tonight we’re switching off the lights for Earth Hour. But let’s not stay in the dark when we can enjoy the “Creatures of Light.” Do you remember those warm summer evenings when you have captured a glowing firefly and be fascinated by its flickering lights?
This exhibition, at the American Museum of Natural History, will help you explore the diversity of organisms that glow and learn how scientists study this amazing natural phenomenon.
It seems unreal and magical at the same time for such organisms to have the power of creating light by themselves. I’ve always been fascinated by these rare creatures, that seem extraterrestrial. yet intimate and fragile.
The bioluminescent nature of over 2,000 species of fireflies, glowing mushrooms, glowworms, jellyfish, fluorescent corals, anglerfish and other glowing organisms can be admired at the exhibition which will open the gates to most of the world’s strangeness and to the dark depths of the oceans.
The exhibition offers awesome re-created environments, but also live bioluminescent organisms like the flashlight fish and the fascinating dinoflagellates. According to gothamist.com “there are interactive touchpads and videos allowing visitors to dig deeper into the phenomenon of glowing beings.”
Edward Rothstein from New York Times writes that you will learn “perhaps 90 percent of ocean creatures below a half-mile are bioluminescent; and gain newfound respect for the complexities of jellyfish.”
Flashlights, lantern signals, different patterns of light and blinking are used by these creatures to communicate with one another. Because this is one of the main functions of bioluminescence: to deliver and receive information in darkness.
The light – good or bad – makes a big difference in these creatures’ lives; most of them have evolved in rarefied conditions “when competition or threat is severe and fragility immense.”
If you happen to be in New York, don’t miss on this enlightening exhibition. It provides you with great information, tranquility and amazement.
“Creatures of Light” opens Saturday, 31st March, and runs through Jan. 6 at the American Museum of Natural History, Central Park West and 79th Street.
The show was created in collaboration with the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa and the Field Museum in Chicago.
See the official website for more information.