Squidipity – A Short Film About Bioluminescence

Squidipity – sorry, what now?!

Bioluminescence is a chemical process that brings certain substances to glow. Or more specific: “Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism.” (Thank you, Wikipedia)

Now, as you can imagine, we’re looking at a very beautiful thing here – the only challenge for all of you who aren’t equipped with the cameras and filters of a Hollywood director is…how to capture it on camera?

A young and highly talented artist set herself the challenge to record it all on her phone. Oh, and she has also grown glowing bacteria by turning her house into a fishmarket. I bet the smell was amazing. (She’s looking for a new house mate as well – anyone?)

Reflecting a word play on serendipity, this video is a creation of real footage. The outcome seems as perfect as it could possibly be.



And if you’re ‘gagging’ for more, here’s her blog, mixing all the beautiful and…not so beautiful aspects of arts & science: http://leannecd.tumblr.com/ (not for the faint hearted)


Here are some examples of bioluminescence occurring in animals.

Glowing Fish

Glowing Fish (Source: lifescienceconferences.net)

Bioluminescent Squid

Bioluminescent Squid (Source: tufts.edu)


Bioluminescent Jellyfish

Bioluminescent Jellyfish (Source: 72andrising.org)

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