Creatures of Light

Deep in the ocean, animals that flash, sparkle, and glow use light to survive in the dark. Airing February 3, 2016 at 9 pm on PBS Aired February 3, 2016 on PBS

Program Description

On a summer’s night, there’s nothing more magic than watching the soft glow of fireflies switching on and off. Few other life forms on land can light up the night, but in the dark depths of the oceans, it’s a different story: nearly 90% of all species shine from within. Whether it’s to scare off predators, fish for prey, or lure a mate, the language of light is everywhere in the ocean depths, and scientists are finally starting to decode it. NOVA and National Geographic take a dazzling dive to this hidden undersea world where most creatures flash, sparkle, shimmer, or simply glow. Join deep sea scientists who investigate these stunning displays and discover surprising ways to harness nature’s light—from tracking cancer cells to detecting pollution, lighting up cities, and even illuminating the inner workings of our brains.

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PRODUCED BY
Chad Cohen
CAMERA
Ernie Kovacs
James Ball
Jon Betz
UNDERWATER CAMERA
Kenneth Corben
David Gruber
EDITED BY
Salvatore Vecchio
SOUND RECORDISTS
Sean O’Neil
Brian Swanson
NARRATED BY
Salvatore Vecchio
POST PRODUCER
Simon Boyce
ASSOCIATE PRODUCERS
Russell Hawkins
Erin Block
John Cullum
James Burke
Whitney Berr-Kerr
LINE PRODUCER
Alexander Jouve
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Morgan Saunders
PRODUCTION COORDINATOR
Chanee Patterson
ADDITIONAL CAMERA
Mark Dalio
Dave Goulding
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Hayes Baxley
Jesse Goldberg
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Xan Goldberg
MUSIC BY
Chris Beaty
ANIMATION
Pixeldust Studios
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Alucia Productions
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Todd Georgelas
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Brett Reinke
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Russell Hawkins
Harry Shock
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Bryan Trotman
Bridgette Reilly
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Rex Teese
COLORISTS
Dave Markun
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Brian Callahan
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Blue Ocean Art
Emily V. Driscoll
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Natural History New Zealand
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Mystic Aquarium
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Carnegie Museum of Natural History
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St. Olaf College
Arthur Toga
USC Laboratory of Neuro Imaging
Roger Tsien
Teresa Van Dongen
Asako Sawano-Sakaue
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Julia Cort
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Alan Ritsko
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Paula S. Apsell

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Original funding for this program was provided by Cancer Treatment Centers of America, Google, the David H. Koch Fund for Science, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting and Public Television Stations.

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Image credit (seahorse)
© David Gruber

Participants

Marc A. Branham
University of Florida
David Gruber
National Geographic Emerging Explorer
Vincent Pieribone
John B. Pierce Laboratory
John Sparks
American Museum of Natural History
Edie Widder
Ocean Research & Conservation Association

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