Pyrosomes: a natural light show

See more of these beautiful creatures aimlessly floating through the ocean.
By AG Staff September 15, 2017 Reading Time: < 1 Print this page

YESTERDAY, diver Jay Wink aboard his ABC Scuba Diving boat managed to capture an image of a very rare marine creature— a Pyrosome, which is the collective name for a group of organisms known as ‘zooids’, which travel tropical waters in a translucent tube-shape.

This particular pyrosome, spotted floating around Port Douglas, made for an interesting photo subject thanks to the pink light omitted by each zooid— yes, they’re bioluminescent, and when one of them glows, their neighbour will usually follow creating an underwater light show. 

We’ve compiled some videos of pyrosomes where you can see these curious animals up-close.