Dinoflagellates have their own way of being in the world. These single-celled algae, or plankton, have complex, embodied relations to their surroundings. Of the approximately 2,000 species of dinoflagellates, several are bioluminescent—these dinoflagellates emit bright flashes of blue-green light when mechanically stimulated. Michael Latz, researcher of bioluminescent dinoflagellates at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography, describes this bioluminescent response as a form of sense and as a response to fluidic flow . Waves, boats, and swimming creatures, for example, all create enough force to cause a bioluminescent response. Button motors, servos, and solenoids can also create enough force to elicit…
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