National Geographic : 1959 Oct
FRANK H. JOHNSON Switch Off the Lights and This Seafood Platter Casts a Ghostly Glow Self-lighting occurs in many marine animals, as well as in fireflies and other land dwellers. Luminous bacteria growing on this porgy and shrimp produce an eerie, cold light. Prof. Frank H. Johnson, who studied the phenomenon known as bioluminescence on Coconut Island, photographed the platter in normal light (above). Moments later, 516 when he repeated the shot in his darkroom, the seafood provided its own light.