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Naturally occurring bioluminescence on the deep-sea floor

Craig, Jessica; Jamieson, Alan J.; Bagley, Philip M.; Priede, Imants G.. 2011 Naturally occurring bioluminescence on the deep-sea floor. Journal of Marine Systems, 88 (4). 563-567. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmarsys.2011.07.006

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Abstract/Summary

In the deep sea, bioluminescence that is not stimulated by the observer is estimated to be extremely low. Observations of naturally occurring bioluminescence, using an ultra-low-light video camera, at a solitary rock populated with sessile fauna revealed bioluminescent activity was 155 times higher than predicted background levels at 2000–3000 m. These findings, from the Mid-Atlantic Ridge (49.022°N, 27.693°W), suggest that, at depths below the penetration of sunlight, complexity in the physical environment may influence the visual environment, with potential effects on the behaviour of mobile deep sea fauna, prompting a reappraisal of the visual environment in the deep sea.

Item Type: Publication - Article
Digital Object Identifier (DOI): https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jmarsys.2011.07.006
ISSN: 09247963
Date made live: 30 Jan 2018 10:39 +0 (UTC)
URI: http://nora.nerc.ac.uk/id/eprint/519138

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