Spaces and Places: Firefly Squid – Toyama Bay, Japan

I don’t care how long one lives on this planet we will never be able to imagine all of its wonders. I learned about one such this morning.

If, like I, you have never seen or heard of this before, let me introduce you to the marvel of…

Firefly Squid



The Firefly Squid is a bioluminescent squid growing to a length of only three inches. The squid is equipped with special light-producing organs called photophores that emit a deep blue light. Large photophores can be found on the tips of the tentacles as well as around the eyes. Thousands of tiny photophores can be found throughout the squid’s body, giving it the ability to emit light along its entire form. In the Toyama Bay, in the central Japan Sea, the squid are found in fantastic abundance. Normally living at 1200 feet underwater, waves in the Toyama bay pushes the squid to the surface in massive numbers where they are fished by tons from March to June.

And as I stated on my Facebook page this morning. I must see this with my own eyes someday.  Periodically, as I learn and/or am reminded of the wonders of this home terraform we call Earth – if it is someplace I would like to visit, even if only in my imagination, I will add to this new section I’m calling Spaces and Places.  Well, once I have more than one entry that is….

As I plot, plan, and with fingers tightly crossed, take these jaunts from my To-Do to DONE lists, and of course post pictures, I hope you can travel along with me here.

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13 thoughts on “Spaces and Places: Firefly Squid – Toyama Bay, Japan

  1. So cool! I got to visit a bio-luminescent lake last time I was in Jamaica. But the creatures that create the blue-green glow are too tiny to see individually. I’d love to see these little squid!

  2. These exact photos are in my Life List file too, Rai. Actually, I also have other bioluminescent things in there, too, though I don’t remember right now if any were in Jamaica specifically. Definitely some in the islands, though. So beautiful. See? If you had just let me torture you more with my photo file, you would have already known! Haha!

    • You know, when I posted this I was thinking to myself, if any of my friends already knew of their existence it would be you. Fine, you the Q Saw It First credit (again).
      😀 😀

      • I don’t need Seen It! credit… it’s just that I go on my little megasearch photo missions, so it gives me pleasure when something I liked is found cool by someone else, too- and better that it’s a friend. Better still someone who teases me a bit about my geekitude. (: And while my files are jam-packed, I know the’re not comprehensive, because I still find new cool stuff, almost every day!

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