Monday, July 30, 2012

Firefly Squid

In Toyama Bay in the central Sea of Japan, you can see the Watasenia Scintillas, or Firefly Squid light up the entire bay. Although they are only 3 inches long, their tentacles contain photophores which emit light like a glow stick. Usually found living at 1200 feet underwater, currents in a v-shaped canyon in the bay forces the squid up onto the surface by the millions. This rare occurrence happens from March to June, and the city of Namorikawa has the world's only museum dedicated to the Firefly Squid.

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