The “Weeping Stones” of Okayama are a Sight to Behold
If you’ve ever seen the firefly, you’ll know that it’s an insect that’s so conspicuous for its bioluminescence feature that makes it glow at night. In similar fashion, it has been unearthed that there are sea fireflies that inhabit the surrounding waters around Okayama, Japan and are known to produce brilliant blue light that excessively glow at night in response certain physical stimuli.
In a series titled The Weeping Stones captured by Jonathan Galione and Trevor Williams of Tdub Photo, it’s shown that these striking sea fireflies, known as the Vargula Hilgendorfii, combine their small but many specks of light to form ghostly apparitions in the dark.
The creative duo had to travel to the region to gently bait the bioluminescent shrimps that measure 3mm in length in jars before carefully releasing them onto nearby rocks.
“These creatures generally live in the sand in shallow water, so it’s not surprising to see them washed up on the shore. But we had to lure them out in large quantity in order to get such amazing shots,” the pair explained.
But before the tiny insects, called “umihotaru” by the locals, began migrating back to their home, the pair took the brief opportunity to capture the magnificent beauty of the insects that’s almost akin to this Milky Way.