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Harbor Branch Scientists Discover Bioluminescent Octopus

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March 16, 1999
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Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institution
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The discovery of bioluminescence in a deep-sea octopus has been making big news in the scientific world. Appearing on the cover of the March 11 issue of Nature and the March 13 issue of Science News, this octopus is providing new insight into how animals evolve the ability to make light. Finding bioluminescence in any octopus was a big surprise for the co-discoverers, HBOI Senior Scientist Edie Widder and Harbor Branch Postdoctoral Fellow Sönke Johnsen.

FT. PIERCE, FL - The discovery of bioluminescence in a deep-sea octopus has been making big news in the scientific world. Appearing on the cover of the March 11 issue of Nature and the March 13 issue of Science News, this octopus is providing new insight into how animals evolve the ability to make light. Finding bioluminescence in any octopus was a big surprise for the co-discoverers, HBOI Senior Scientist Edie Widder and Harbor Branch Postdoctoral Fellow Sönke Johnsen.


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