Botany Bay Blue
Sea Fireflies in Japan and UK Boy Dreams
Here we have Umi-Hotaru – ocean fire-flies. They are actually a small shrimp that holes up on land during the day, then feeds in the shallows during the night. When they get washed up they release this fluorescence as a distress signal. But don’t worry, they soon get back in the sea and their fight in the food chain. Magical though, watching this show in the darkness with good company and the creepy crawly minions.
When I was a kid I watched Life on Earth with my grandparents. We cooed and ahhed at all the weirdy-beasts. I remember thinking one day I’d be a zoologist, travel the world in my own BBC safari suit, camped out in the wilderness, swatting flies and changing spools in the camera. Didn’t happen of course, I’ve spent most of my life as a serial drop-out. But now, living in Japan, I have the chance to witness first-hand some of the weird and wonderful acts I spied through the TV as a child.