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Glowing Bacteria that wants to be eaten


There are a lot of reports lately of people discovering creatures in places they’d not normally be seen or expected.  It is making the Underwater Naturalist specialty class an exciting one to teach, not to mention the unique photo opportunities divers are experiencing.  Some of the creatures we can totally understand how they came to be where we found them, even if the reason why remains a mystery.  Others make you scratch your head a bit.  A new study has came out about a luminescent bacteria that glows because it wants to be eaten by its natural predator, zoo-plankton.  Since the bacteria do not get digested by the zoo-plankton, they get a free ride.  Then, over time, the ingested bacteria accumulates inside it’s new host and will make it glow in the dark which in turn make them visible to other predators.  Once the zoo-plankton gets eaten the glowing bacteria will pass thru the bowels of the fish and be deposited where ever the fish happens to have traveled to begin the cycle all over again. 

Link to article: http://www.gizmodo.co.uk/2012/02/the-weird-glowing-bacteria-that-beg-to-be-eaten/

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