|From the Backyard to Beneath the Sea....
|Enter a dark and mysterious gallery and begin the fascinating
journey on the ecology of bioluminescence! Bioluminescence is a
living organism's ability to produce its own light. This is one
of the most incredible, yet least understood phenomena in
nature. This exhibit features some of the most unbelievable
creatures ever seen-- from the familiar firefly and glow worm to
the alien-looking angler fish and siphonophore, the longest
living creature on Earth.
Enter the darkened gallery filled with large displays that
contain rare photographs and film footage of bioluminescent
animals and organisms, research-related artifacts as well as
live and preserved specimens. Enjoy the engaging hands-on
activities that demonstrate the primary reasons why animals and
organisms produce light. Play and explore the inventive
light-related interactive devices.
Investigate the chemical process that produces cool light.
Explore the world of light-producing terrestrial organism like
fireflies, glow worms, and fungi before traveling on to the
mid-ocean, where an estimated 90% of the animals produce light.
Here you will encounter samples of alien-looking creatures like
viper fish, which dangle a light lure to attract their next
meal, and cookie cutter sharks, which earned their name form the
cookie size chunks of flesh they take out of unsuspecting prey.
Finally learn how scientists study bioluminescence. See
demonstrations of the interesting techniques and equipment used
by scientists and then explore the many benefits of this
research--from helping to speed the study of cancer-fighting
drugs to the detection of anthrax spores in public spaces.
Enjoy some of these interactives with ECHO educators:
- Living Light Lighting bugs aren't the only animals that
Come experiment with ostracods to better
understand the process of bioluminescence.
- Firefly Fun Make and take home your own glow in the dark
- Champlain Sea-Filter Feeders Up Close A glowing
Champlain Sea? Come to the Champlain Sea for a new
perspective on who’s in the water.
- Find the Fish! –Explore how fish camouflage, why colors
in the sea matter, and the glowing tricks fish keep under
- Fluorescence Rocks! –Be a geologist and perform rock
tests to discover the properties of fascinating glowing
- The Foxfire Fable – Hear the story of a brother and
sister who learn that Grandma knows best when it comes to
exploring the outdoors at night!
- Firefly Watch Skill Builder – Learn how you can be a
citizen scientist and contribute to what scientist know
about fireflies by investigating your own backyard & beyond.
|Come to ECHO and explore this dark and mysterious world and
discover the science behind objects that glow without
bioluminescence. By the time the show is over, you'll be an
expert on all that shines.
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