SOUTH PACIFIC, NEAR SOLOMON ISLANDS- If the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles are the most unique turtles you’ve ever seen, a new discovery might have you yelling, COWABUNGA!
While scuba diving in the South Pacific, near the Solomon Islands, researchers working for National Geographic, saw something that made their head swim.
They found a biofluorescent turtle. Biofluorescence is a big fancy word for glow in the dark. “This is the first I’ve ever seen of a bio fluorescent turtle… spectacular" says marine biologiest, David Gruber.
Scientists have discovered more than a 180 types of fish, sharks and coral that can naturally glow in the dark, but this hawksbill sea turtle is the first reptile to be discovered. “Out of the blue, it’s almost looks like a bright red and green spaceship came underneath my camera" Gruber explains .
Adding to the excitement, hawksbill sea turtles are on the “Endangered list” and there aren’t many left. Now that scientists know biofluorescent turtles exist, they’ll begin researching how turtles use their glow in the dark “powers.” Is it to hide from predators? To locate each other? To find a mate? Or just to show off at parties. No matter why, it’s wonderful to see this turtle’s true colors.