‘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.

PIC FROM Simon Pierce/Caters News

PIC FROM Simon Pierce/Caters News

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.

PIC FROM Simon Pierce/Caters News

PIC FROM Simon Pierce/Caters News

“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