Did you know there are more than 2,000 firefly species worldwide? Or, that bioluminescence is the only source of light in the largest habitable space on Earth, the perpetually dark deep sea? Learn these facts and more at Creatures of Light, the Denver Museum of Nature and Science‘s newest, temporary exhibit that explores the mysterious world of bioluminescence and biofluorescence. This enlightening experience features larger-than-life models, engaging immersive environments, fun activities, and fungi, minerals, and live animals that get their glow on.
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On Earth, there are many creatures that glow, and this exhibit explores how and why they do. Move through a series of luminous environments, from familiar grassy meadows to the deepest parts of the ocean. Hands-on exhibits, videos, animations, photographs, and iPads with additional in-depth content teach visitors how light is used to attract a mate, lure unsuspecting prey, defend against predators, and more.
Galleries include an eastern North American meadow at night where fireflies flash, a dark cave in New Zealand where the ceiling is speckled in blue-green lights, and wooded forests with bioluminescent mushrooms covering the floor.
Let’s not forget about the sea. In Creatures of Light, a Puerto Rican lagoon is lit by tiny “pyrotechnic” plankton called dinoflagellates and an interactive coral reef wall shows how shining blue light onto corals can make them glow neon shades of pink, orange, and green.
In the Deep-Sea Theater, visitors will be introduced to a variety of animals, including a jellyfish that lights up like a flashing pinwheel when threatened and a viperfish whose fangs are so long they don’t fit inside its head.
Creatures of Light runs until June 10th, 2018 at the Denver Museum of Nature and Science. Admission is included with your general admission ticket. The museum is open daily from 9 am to 5 pm. See video here ➛