Bioluminescent Shrimp

Photo credit: Tdub Photo

Tdub Photo headed to Seto Inland Sea in Japan for his latest photo series, titled “The Weeping Stones”. It captures the stunning soothing blue glow of bioluminescent shrimp against the rocks of Seto. “This urge to do more is what drove us to create this year’s set. This set was created by pouring the ‘sea fireflies’ over rocks and points along the shore to give the impression that the stones were ‘weeping,'” said Trevor Williams. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Bioluminescent Shrimp Japan
Bioluminescent Shrimp Japan
Bioluminescent Shrimp Japan
Bioluminescent Shrimp Japan
Bioluminescent Shrimp Japan

“The scientific name for the species is Vargula Hilgendorfii, but the tiny 3mm shrimp are more commonly referred to as sea fireflies, and called ‘umihotaru’ by Japanese locals. They live in the sand and shallow sea water, and actively feed at night by swimming close to shore during the high and low tides. Their glow lasts for 20-30 minutes and reignites when water is poured on them over and over again,” My Modern Met.