As brilliant and thrilling as July 4th fireworks are, they pale in comparison to natural fireworks, perhaps because the natural ones are a surprise every time! These critters from the deepest parts of the ocean, were recorded by Harbor Branch Oceanographic Institute. Click the image for an action video... turn the sound off for a pure light show. Turn it on again and find out how and where it was made.
As for our own local fireflies, in Urbana, they peaked early this year - mid June - and by the 4th of July, were definitely on the decline. Ah well, more lovely for their ephemerality.
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