Skin lights up when touched: swimming sea cucumber
The expendable skin of swimming sea cucumbers produces bioluminescence after mechanical stimulation using granular bodies.
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Organism/taxonomy data provided by:
Species 2000 & ITIS Catalogue of Life: 2008 Annual Checklist
Application Ideas: Sea cucumbers use this in a way similar to the idea of ink-tagged money in bank vaults, where the offending person is marked in a way that doesn't wash off. Touch-stimulated bioluminescence and light production.
Industrial Sector(s) interested in this strategy: Security, energy
Bruce H. Robison
Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute