"Luminescent Luminary" in Bio-fluoro action!
Welcome Back Dr. David Gruber and his National Geographic team!
Ah he is back in the Magical Munda house! Our favourite scientist! And we love it!!! Here is to many turtles and some more amazing memories with one of our favourite guests, David Gruber @luminescent_labs and his team! Amazing flashback to an awesome bio-fluoro hawksbill turtle March and we are missing the rest of the team.
"While filming coral off the Solomon Islands, David Gruber, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, encountered a "bright red-and-green spaceship." This underwater UFO turned out to be a hawksbill sea turtle, which is significant because it's the first time that biofluorescence has ever been seen in reptiles, according to Gruber. Gruber is now excited to learn more about this critically endangered species and how it is using biofluorescence". Source: National Geographic
Here is what CNN had to say about this amazing discovery!
Gruber, an emerging explorer for National Geographic, described the turtle as an alien spaceship when he initially saw it swimming in the water. "It was absolutely gorgeous," Gruber said in an interview with CNN. The turtle swam into the team's lights while they were filming coral underwater. The turtle's appearance was unexpected and took everyone by surprise, he said. In just a few years, scientists have started to pay more attention to biofluorescence in marine species.
"It's a bit like a mystery novel," Gruber said. "It started with jellyfish and coral, and the fluorescent molecules jellyfish and coral create has lead to monumental breakthroughs in biomedical science."
Fluorescence has helped provide a marker for scientists to see the inner workings of cells and that has partially lead to an explosion in research in the biofluorescence field, Gruber explained. Finding a reptile that exhibits biofluorescence opens up a new set of questions: Why is a turtle emitting light? What is the chemical composition?
Unlike bioluminescence, which is when an organism produces its own light through chemical reactions, such as what fireflies do, biofluorescence is when an animal absorbs light, transforms it and radiates it, sometimes in different colors - Source CNN report