Deep waters around Bahamas feature creatures that glow (photos)

The Bahamas are known for their beaches, coral reefs, clear water, tropical weather, fishing, and many tiny islands. But who knew in the depths of the surrounding waters live odd and sometimes scary-looking sea creatures that glow? National Geographic Daily News explored a study of bioluminescence among bottom dwellers and posted photos of the illuminating species. Our guess is that you’ve never seen these light-producing creatures before now. Here’s the top four, courtesy of NatGeo, where you can view more if you like these:

Black Devil
Photograph courtesy Edith Widder, ORCA

Description: A female anglerfish known as a humpback black devil uses a bioluminescent lure to tempt prey into her mouth.

Comment: With those teeth, it kind of reminds us of a piranha. We’re delighted to learn that the female humpback black devil lives at depths up to 6,600 feet and are only–only!–up to 8 inches in length.

Glowing Shrimp
Image courtesy NOAA-OER

Description: The deep-sea shrimp Parapandalus spews out a glowing cloud of organic matter to confuse a potential predator.

Comment: It has the look of a red lobster. Lobster, shrimp–either way, it looks delicious. Butter or cocktail sauce, anyone?

Shimmering Brittle Star
Photograph courtesy Edith Widder, ORCA

Description: A shimmering brittle star is related to starfish and sea urchins. It has five long, slender arms that reach up to 24 inches long.

Comment: It’s said there are 1,500 species of brittle stars living today. Wonder if they’re all as cool as this one.

Bright Eyes
Photograph courtesy EdithWidder, ORCA

Description: Giant isopods can grow to 16 inches and feature a reflective layer at the back of their eyes that make their eyes appear to glow.

Comment: It’s nice to know these guys live in the ocean, at great depths. Would hate to encounter these in the cupboard.