Dead jellyfish have been turned into glow-in-the-dark lamps, putting an ironic twist on the phrase, “You light up my life”.
A US website, the amazingjellyfish.com, takes the bioluminescent bodies of creatures that have died of natural causes and encases them in shatterproof resin, preserving their glow properties.
Thanks to the phosphor proteins in their bodies, jellyfish absorb light naturally, and emit it with an ethereal blueish glow when under darkened conditions.
After a jellyfish dies, the firm freezes 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.
This creates a cast of the body, which is set in an ovoid mould shaped like the resulting lamp.
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.
They jellyfish used in the lamps are reared in an aquarium, meaning they have a lifespan three times longer.
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While we’re not suggesting you start up a business selling sea creatures as lamps, it does suggest there is a demand for products that hail from nature. Can you think of any others?