Bet you don’t have one of these? Bet you’ll want one? I know I do. How cool is this?
In Tennesee, ‘The Amazing Jellyfish (theamazingjellyfish.com)’ take the bioluminescent bodies of creatures that have died of natural causes and encase them in resin, thus preserving not just their bodies, but also their incredible glow-in-the-dark properties.
Thanks to the phosphur proteins in their bodies – part of the defence mechanism that they use to frighten predators – jellyfish absorb light naturally, and emit it with an ethereal blueish glow when under darkened conditions.
After a jellyfish dies, the firm freeze its body using liquid nitrogen, which they then set in crystalline resin – a special sort of epoxy that can withstand working at ultra low temperatures – creating a cast of the body, which is set in an ovoid mould shaped like the resulting lamp.
No extra light is needed – the natural radiance the jellyfish emit in a darkened room has been absorbed during the daylight hours.
However, some of the lamps come with a special base that can add an eerie glow to the jellyfish so that it can also be used as a more traditional light.
For the squeamish, it is worth pointing out that the transparent resin, crystalline epoxy, is strong and shatterproof, so will not break if dropped.