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Bioluminescent Shrimp on Oceanside Rocks

Luring bioluminescent shrimp into jars using raw bacon and re-positioning them onto the rocks results in some pretty stunning spectacles.

Photographed off the coast of Okayama, Japan, The Weeping Stones is a photo series by the creative duo Trevor Williams and Jonathan Galione of Tdub Photo that captures the eerie blue light emitted by a native species of bioluminescent shrimp. More commonly referred to as "sea fireflies". These rare creatures live in the sand in shallow sea water, floating somewhere between the extremes of high and low tide. At just 3mm in length the shrimp are extremely small light sources, but when grouped together they take on abstract patterns that light up the water around them.

In order to group such a large number of sea fireflies, or Vargula Hilgendorfii, together Williams and Galione had to collect the creatures by luring them with raw bacon into jars and re-positioning their tiny bodies on the rocks. Photographing and placing the bioluminescent shrimp next to the shore ensured that the photographers did not harm them, and allowed them to quickly return the animals back to the water below.

Take some time look at these awe inspiring photos. Nature is fucking lit!

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