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The glow in the Sea of Stars can only be seen at night. The light is actually made of tiny dots, which can look like the stars in the sky. But from a distance, it can seem like certain areas of the water are a solid blue-green color.

Many plants and animals make their own light. One example is ghost fungi. It glows in the dark forest. Scientists think they light up to attract insects. As they crawl on the fungus, the insects pick up spores. The spores act like seeds to produce new mushrooms in places where the insects travel.

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Making Connections


Would you want to visit the Sea of Stars? Why or why not?


Have you read any other books about bioluminescent creatures? How and why do those creatures create light?


Pollution is threatening phytoplankton. What are some things you can do to help reduce pollution?

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