When Pandora – The World of Avatar opens in Disney’s Animal Kingdom on May 27, guests will be able to take in the bioluminescent alien landscapes. But those “alien” landscapes can also be found right here on earth.
In Tasmania, bioluminescent mico-organisms called “Sea Sparkles” create blue light that moves wherever your hands or feet move.
The phytoplankton are nicknamed Sea Sparkles but their scientific name is noctiluca scintillans, which literally means ‘twinkling night light’. No one knows why but the tiny cells flash when disturbed, illuminating the water around them and animating the motion.
More information on these “Sea Sparkles” can be found here. Check out the video below that has been making the rounds on Facebook to see just how amazing this phenomenon truly is.
The word is that Pandora will have interactive bioluminescent technology when it debuts. If not, Disney can always make a trip to Tasmania and bring some of these “Sea Sparkles” to Orlando!
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