Bioluminescence in Gippsland Lakes

Bioluminescence in Gippsland Lakes
The Gippsland lakes are networks of lakes that are found in Australia, covering 600 square kilometres where bioluminescence is observed. Bioluminescence widely occurs in marine micro-organisms. It is the property to produce and emit light. Noctiluca scintillans that is also called as “sea ghost” or “sea sparkle” belongs to dinoflagellate species; they feed on algae, planktons and bacteria and turn the water bright and blue with their bioluminescence property. In December 2008, Gippsland lakes started glowing during heavy rain and floods; the glow was because of the huge growth of blue-green algae, which promoted the population of Noctiluca scintillans as a result of availability of increased amounts of nutrients. N. scintillans uses bioluminescence for defence mechanism. They glow purposely to attract the predators and eat the predators.

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How to cite this article:
Team YOUNGWING. Bioluminescence in Gippsland Lakes. BioLim O-Media. 20 , 6-20. 1(3).
Available from: http://www.biolim.com/read/BOMA0038.