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Connecting People with Nature – Ostracods
September 19, 2016@7:00 pm-8:00 pmFree
Fireflies of the Sea and Other Night Time Wonders
Join STINAPA biologist Caren Eckrich for a talk on bioluminescence, fluorescence and coral spawning. She will clue you in on how to experience the glowing ostracod courtship displays, what you can find using UV lights and also how to get the most out of a coral spawning dive.
Some ostracods have a light organ in which they produce luminescent chemicals. Most use the light as predation defense, while some use the light for mating (only in the Caribbean). These ostracods are called “blue sand” or “blue tears” and glow blue in the dark at night.
The talk is part of STINAPA’s Connecting People with Nature’ campaign and is open to the public and free of charge. This is one lecture in a series of regular lectures for the visitors and general public who wish to learn more about the abundant life in our National Parks. Other titles are:
Coral Reef Fish Behavior
Coral Reef Fish ID
Mangroves and Seagrass
Corals and climate change