Glow-in-the-dark lamps made from dead JELLYFISH (and don't worry, they died of natural causes)
18:56 GMT, 12 March 2012
Could this be the best ever use for a deceased jellyfish A bright spark has found an ingenious use for the corpses of the sea creatures: making them into glow-in-the-dark lamps.
U.S. firm The Amazing Jellyfish (theamazingjellyfish.com) take the bioluminescent bodies of creatures that have died of natural causes and encase them in resin, thus preserving not just their bodies, but also their incredible glow-in-the-dark properties.
Thanks to the phosphur proteins in their bodies – part of the defence mechanism that they use to frighten predators – jellyfish absorb light naturally, and emit it with an ethereal blueish glow when under darkened conditions.
Bright spark: U.S. firm theamazingjellyfish.com has found a way of encasing deceased jellyfish in resin to preserve not only their bodies but their natural bioluminescence too
After a jellyfish dies, the firm freeze its body using liquid nitrogen, which they then set in crystalline resin – a special sort of resin that can withstand working at ultra low temperatures – creating a cast of the body, which is set in an ovoid mould shaped like the resulting lamp.
JELLY FISH: THE FACTS
In the wild, jellyfish have a natural
life cycle of around six months – they are attacked by a form of
bacteria after breeding that kills them. The jellyfish used in the lamps
are reared in an aquarium, meaning they have a lifespan three times
They are one of the most abundant
creatures in our oceans, and feed upon plankton – which itself is
becoming ever more abundant owing to the agricultural industry's
reliance on fertilizers.
Their colour is determined by both their food source and their environment.
No extra light is needed – the light the jellyfish emit in a darkened room has been absorbed during the daylight hours.
However, some of the lamps come with a special base that can add an eerie glow to the jellyfish so that the light can be used as a more traditional light too.
The lamps are made with a variety of different jellyfish breeds, from the more common blue or yellow jellyfish, which are made into lamps costing around 20 to 25 ($25 to 29) to the Red Devil Medusa, which sells for around 110 ($169.99), or a 'rare blue green' jellyfish for 115 ($179.99).
For the squeamish, it is worth pointing out that the transparent resin, crystalline epoxy, is strong and shatterproof, so will not break if dropped.
Amazing: The firm also make glowing jellyfish pendants that can be worn as jewellery
Jellyfish lamps: The colourful creatures are encased in crystalline epoxy that preserves them while allowing their natural bioluminescence to keep shining
Incredible: When the lights are off, the jellyfish glow in the dark