The First “Glowing” Sea Turtle Found

National Geographic Explorer David Gruber discovers a biofluorescent sea turtle near the Solomon Islands.

The critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle in the video above is the first reptile scientists have seen exhibiting biofluorescence. Bioflourescence is the ability to reflect blue light hitting a surface and re-emit it as a different color. According to National Geogrpahic the most common colors are green, red, and orange.

Bionflourescence should not be confused with bioluminescence. Bioluminescence is when animals either produce their own light through a series of chemical reactions, or host certain bacteria that give off light.