NOVA and National Geographic Special - "Creatures of Light" - Explores Ocean Animals that Flash, Sparkle or Glow

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30 January 2016
Creatures of Light
Photo: Courtesy of PBS
 "Creatures of Light"
Premieres Wednesday, February 3 at 9 pm ET/8C on PBS
(Check your local listings)
          Deep in the ocean, animals that flash, sparkle, and glow use light to survive in the dark - these are among the most dynamic, dazzling, jaw-dropping displays in nature. Now scientists are attempting to harness this light, co-opting millions of years of evolution for the betterment of our own species.

          On a summer’s night, there’s nothing more magic than watching the soft glow of fireflies switching on and off. Fireflies seem special because so few other life forms on land can light up the night. But in the dark depths of the oceans, it’s a different story: nearly 90 percent of all species shine from within. Whether it’s to scare off predators, fish for prey or lure a mate, the language of light is everywhere in the ocean depths, and scientists are finally starting to decode it. NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to this hidden undersea world where most creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer, or simply glow. Join deep sea scientists who investigate these stunning displays and discover surprising ways to harness nature’s light—from tracking cancer cells to detecting pollution, lighting up cities, and even illuminating the inner workings of our brains.


• David Gruber, Ph.D (NYC) - Associate Professor, Baruch College, City University of New York; Research Associate, American Museum of Natural History
• John Sparks, Ph.D (NYC) - Curator and Curator-in-Charge, Department of Ichthyology, American Museum of Natural History
• Vincent Pieribone, Ph.D (New Haven, CT)- Fellow at John B. Pierce Laboratory; Professor of Cellular & Molecular Physiology and Neurobiology, Yale University School of Medicine
• Edie Widder, Ph.D (Fort Pierce, FL) - Co-founder, CEO and Senior Scientist at the Ocean Research & Conservation Association
 Marc A. Branham, Ph. D (Gainesville, FL) - Associate Professor Department of Entomology & Nematology
Creatures of Light
Photo: Courtesy of PBS
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