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light organs of Antarctic krill Euphausia superba

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Name:Antarctic krill (Leuchtgarnele, Walkrebs)

Scientific name: Euphausia superba

Details: aquarell drawn from a 16 mm film imaging krill in a flume on METEOR in 1981

Status:

Dynamic: click on day night to shift

Special: drawn on the occasion of Hempels 60th birthday, the light organs are simulated with phosphorescent paint, the night picture is taken using a flash to charge the paint before taking the picture
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Copyright:Uwe Kils

What is the function of bioluminescence in the ocean?

How does it help the antarctic krill?

How is it controlled in krill?General priciples: luciferase + oxygen + ATP + luciferin = light

Hands on the experiments: (not exactly the same chemistry as in krill but fun in the dark):


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