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Capturing the Ocean's Glow

Part of Milstein Science Series

Scorpionfish
A red fluorescing scorpionfish (Scorpaenopsis papuensis) perched on red fluorescing algae at night in the Solomon Islands
© J. Sparks, D. Gruber, V. Pieribone

Discover a rich underwater world of glowing reefs and fishes in this short film featuring spectacular footage from a recent Museum expedition to the Solomon Islands. Led by Curator John Sparks, an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers, and media experts used custom-built cameras, the latest deep-diving gear, and precision light filters to capture never-before-seen images of widespread biofluorescence. This expedition marked the launch of the Museum’s Explore21 initiative, which supports large-scale, multidisciplinary field explorations that use cutting-edge technologies to uncover new knowledge about the natural world.

The Museum greatly acknowledges the Dalio Foundation for its generous support of the inaugural Explore21 expedition.

The Milstein Science Series is proudly sponsored by the Irma and Paul Milstein Family.