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The brilliance of bioluminescence - Leslie Kenna

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Some lucky animals are naturally endowed with bioluminescence, or the ability to create light. The firefly, the anglerfish, and a few more surprising creatures use this ability in many ways, including survival, hunting, and mating. Leslie Kenna investigates this magical glow - and our quest to replicate it.

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Meet The Creators

  • Animator Johan Sonestedt
  • Educator Leslie Kenna
  • Director Veronica Wallenberg
  • Narrator Michelle Snow

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