‘It looked like a scene from Avatar’: Neon sea creatures light up ocean with vibrant colours
By Kristiana Hall
Incredible neon sea creatures have been captured lighting up the ocean with their vibrant colours – in what looked like a scene from AVATAR.
Photographer Simon Pierce, 39, took the images over several months after visiting both Nosy Sakatia in Madagascar and Mafia Island in Tanzania recently.
He was thrilled to spot the biofluorescence creatures – which produce their own light – he managed to capture, including fireflies and glow worms.
Simon, who is also a marine biologist, from New Plymouth, New Zealand, said: “I felt like I was in the film Avatar capturing these images.
“I wanted to capture a phenomena called biofluorescence.
“In these photos, I was shining a blue light on the coral and various biofluorescent animals, then filtering out the blue with a yellow filter on my camera so I only caught the reflection.
“These amazing colours probably do serve a purpose in nature – some fish have fluorescent lures to help attract prey, and some small shark species are thought to use their fluorescence to find mates.
“It’s a really interesting area of research, and very trippy to see first-hand.”
To view more of Simon’s images, visit: https://www.simonjpierce.com