The mighty sea rolls on, concealing things both mysterious and rare – including animals that produce chemicals to make themselves light up! When enjoying a warm/hot beverage you can discover seven bioluminescent deep-sea creatures.
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Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. It is a form of chemiluminescence. Bioluminescence occurs widely in marine vertebrates and invertebrates , as well as in some fungi , microorganisms including some bioluminescent bacteria , and terrestrial arthropods such as fireflies . In some animals, the light is bacteriogenic, produced by symbiotic bacteria such as those from the genus Vibrio; in others, it is autogenic, produced by the animals themselves.
In a general sense, the principal chemical reaction in bioluminescence involves a light-emitting molecule and an enzyme , generally called luciferin and luciferase , respectively. Because these are generic names, luciferins and luciferases are often distinguished by including the species or group, i.e. firefly luciferin . In all characterized cases, the enzyme catalyzes the oxidation of the luciferin.