Sep 12, 2016
Stunning view of glowing shrimps trickling down rocks in Japan
Even though this scene looks like it came straight from another planet, what you see here are bioluminescent shrimps flowing like waterfalls down rocks in the Seto Inland Sea in Okayama, Japan.
The photographs are part of The Weeping Stones series by Tdub Photo, a commercial photo and video company run by Trevor Williams and Jonathan Galione and based in Okayama. On their web site, they explain the interesting method they used to get the shrimps ready for the photoshoot.
The glowing shrimps are commonly called sea fireflies and known as Vargula hilgendorfii. In Japanese, they’re called umi-hotaru (海蛍). According to Gizmodo, they’re about three millimeters long and indigenous to the coasts off southern Japan. They usually live in the bottom of shallow water and are visible at night.