From Wales, to Japan, to South Africa and more, you with find wonderful glowing creatures. You will find out the how and why they glow. You will see how this is not only for protection, but for capturing food, and more. From under the sea to scurrying in the trees you will see the likes of angelfish, new world flying squirrels and scorpions and how they all use “glowing” to in their everyday going on.
You will even learn the differences between bioluminescence and biofluorescence. (Or in my case, learn that there are two different terms used for our glowing critter buddies in the first place.)
And while we as scientists know much about these animals, we are still learning new things. Things you never thought would glow have been secretaly doing so forever! Just flash some ultraviolet light on a platypus and see what I mean! (Okay, do not do this at home…)
Included on several pages there is a small side box that gives a “like you” comment with how we humans are like an animal we are discussing. How a speicific turtle likes to hide and blend into the background llike a shy person at a party, or how the angelfish uses a lure (which by the way is only on the female, which I did not know).
You learn how each section of the ocean has its own types of animals, why they glow and when you travel from the sunlight zone, to twilight zone to the midnight zone, the changes are obvious, but allow you to still see the going ons without having to go thousands of feet into the ocean.
This is all done with text by Zoe Armstrong in Curious Creatures Glowing In The Dark and some sweet illustrations by Anja Susanj.