Video - Glowing sea turtle discovered by scientists
It's the first time that biofluorescence has ever been seen in reptiles
David Gruber, a National Geographic Emerging Explorer, encountered a "bright red-and-green spaceship" while filming coral off the Solomon Islands.
It turned out to be a biofluorescent hawksbill sea turtle. It's the first time that biofluorescence has ever been seen in reptiles.
"The ocean is the perfect place to evolve these kinds of fluorescent molecules because it is almost completely blue," Gruber explained. "The ocean absorbs almost every other color except for blue, so these animals have been creating ways to take in that blue light and transform into other colors."
David Gruber also commented that sea turtle populations have been declining, so "it'd be fairly difficult to study this turtle because there are so few left and they're so protected."