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Title: Bioluminescence
Artist: Bo Davis
Original Medium: Photography, Collage, Fine Art Print

The natural wonder & beauty of nature. Presented as stunning artwork. Loose fine art print.
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The Immortal Jellyfish.

It turns out that once the adult form of the 4.5 mm-wide species Turritopsis dohrnii jellyfish have reproduced, they don’t die but transform themselves back into their juvenile polyp state. Their tentacles retract, their bodies shrink, and they sink to the ocean floor and start the cycle all over again.

Among the most abundant sources of light on Earth is life itself.

The principal chemical reaction in bioluminescence involves the light-emitting pigment luciferin and the enzyme luciferase, assisted by other proteins such as aequorin in some species. In evolution, luciferins vary little: one in particular, coelenterazine, is found in nine different animal (phyla), though in some of these, the animals obtain it through their diet. Conversely, luciferases vary widely in different species. Bioluminescence has arisen over forty times in evolutionary history.


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