Far away off the coast of Okayama, Japan, there are boulders that turn electric blue at night! One glance at the boulders and many people would think that the photos are scenes from a sci-fi movie but they actually exist in real life. Wonderful and cinematic! Want to know what are these? (a)
Like shimmering blue diamonds glowing amidst the night sky, The Weeping Stones, a photo series by Tdub Photo, captures the stunning glow of rare and beautiful bioluminescent shrimp against the sands of the Seto Inland Sea in Japan.
The inspiration for the series originated in 2015 when Tdub Photo—a Japanese video and photography company started by Trevor Williams and Jonathan Galione.
(a)They filmed sea fireflies for the first time. The duo had shot fireflies before and took a similar approach with these subjects.
“The images we shot were OK, but there was a feeling that something more could be done,” the team shared in a blog post. “This urge to do more is what drove us to create this year’s set.
(a)This set was created by pouring the ‘sea fireflies’ over rocks and points along the shore to give the impression that the stones were ‘weeping.’”
The scientific name for the species is Vargula Hilgendorfii, but the tiny 3 mm shrimp are more commonly referred to as sea fireflies and called “umihotaru” by Japanese locals.(a)
They live in the sand and shallow sea water, and actively feed at night by swimming close to shore during the high and low tides. Their glow lasts for 20-30 minutes and reignites when water is poured on them over and over again.
(a)In order to group such a large number of sea fireflies together, Williams and Galione had to collect the creatures by luring them with raw bacon into jars and re positioning their tiny bodies on the rocks. Photographing and placing the bio luminescent shrimp next to the shore ensured that the photographers did not harm them, and allowed them to quickly return the animals back to the water below.
(a)Aren’t the images incredibly breathtaking? They looked out of the world as if the images had been heavily edited while they are actually just pure results of creativity and nature.
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