Bioluminous Biology

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyWho doesn’t love glow in the dark critters?

The way bioluminous creatures can make a pool of water glow bright blue or green inspired glowing pools of water in my fantasy.

There are so many bioluminescent examples in nature, and most of them appear in water, which makes an ocean or pool of water look like this:

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Photo by Brian (https://www.flickr.com/photos/makelessnoise/) via Flickr Commons Attribution License

Many fish and other aquatic animals (jellyfish, octopii, plankton) and insects glow. I’ve spent hours getting lost in the research ripples. But it’s the glowing water that I was drawn to most.

In my WIP fantasy, Hunter Moon, the bioluminescence in one of the sacred cleansing pools is also the source for glow lamps and moon ink. The moon ink glows on a warrior’s skin during religious moments, when the moons (yes, three of them) are out, and when she uses her gifts.

This fantasy that had its beginnings (well, that’s another story) in the Greek myths about the Amazon warriors.

(Amazon mythology could’ve been my topic for the Letter A, but I have other plans for those warriors. 😉  )

Diana Beebe's Blog, Mermaids Don't Do Windows, Diana Beebe, science fiction, middle grade fantasy, fantasyHere are a few links to bioluminous things, if you want to learn more:

News about genetically altered cats and plants have inspired me to write a Young Adult science fiction book (working title is GLOW, appropriately). On one hand, it would be very lovely to have street lights that were really trees, but do we have to tamper with DNA? I dunno….the perfect segue into tomorrow’s post for C.

Have you ever seen bioluminous water, flora, or fauna? What glowy thing would you make?

11 comments on… “Bioluminous Biology”

  1. When we go to the GA Aquarium, I like to see the glowing jelly fish. They’re freaky looking but also neat.


    • Diana Beebe


      They are freaky, but it would be really cool to have a tank of them at home to watch all the time.

  2. Cool thoughts! My nephew is a walking encyclopedia about all things bug- and dinosaur- related. He’ll love talking about bioluminescence with me while I’m here visiting him!

    Way to go on daily posts! Awesome!!


    • Diana Beebe


      I know you’re having a great time with the family! Can’t wait to hear all about it (and the stories he tells you). 🙂

  3. those little critters are in the sea down in Barleycove, County Cork, Ireland…they are stunning. The book sounds interesting.

  4. I’m intrigued by bioluminescent creatures. It’s like they’re aliens from another dimension! I like the ideas these creatures inspired you to write about in your books, especially the moon ink! Super cool!


    • Diana Beebe


      They do look like aliens–all the unique shapes and colors. Thanks, Lynn!

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