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Bio-Luminescent Shrimp Makes These Rocks in Japan Look Like They Are Bleeding Blue

They are truly a sight to behold!

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Off the coast of Okayama, Japan are boulders that turn electric blue at night. At first glance, it looks something from a sci-fi movie. When you look closer, you’ll notice the patterns of the blue streaks are just like tears streaming down, which make the rocks look like they are weeping or bleeding. It would be so darn cool if this is really the case, but then the real reason is definitely as cool – them bluish streaks are actually bio-luminescent shrimp!

Photographers Trevor Williams and Jonathan Galione featured the glowing rocks in their picture series The Weeping Stones. The series captured the beauty of the shrimp, which are also called Vargula Hilgendorfii or sea fireflies.

The shrimp are almost microscopic in size, around 3 mm in length. They live in shallow waters and come out from the sea at night to feed.

They congregate in large groups and form striking patterns on the water and shore.

Williams and Galione had to devise a creative way to lure the shrimps for their photos.

The sea fireflies are not good rock climbers so they had to lure them (using raw bacon) into jars and them poured the creatures all over the boulders by the sea shore.

To keep the fireflies glowing while they take their photos, they poured water on them until they had all the shots they need.

The two reminded people that doing this type of shoot with the fireflies require utmost care.

For instance, one needs to make sure that there are no shards of glass on the beach.

You also have to wash the creatures back into the ocean with water once you’re done.

Williams and Galione are not done shooting wonderful pictures in Japan. They plan to go back next fall to shoot bio-luminescent mushrooms in their full glory. You can view the rest of the pictures in the series here.

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Subway Cars in Beijing Transformed Into Moving Libraries

And the best part? There’s no return date for the books!

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Commuting everyday can be a drag, especially if you have to take the subway. Not all relish the thought of sitting on long train rides and sharing space with equally bored and weary strangers. Commuting can get so bad it can even take a toll on your health - imagine sharing an enclosed space with people who have colds and other viruses. If your immune system is weak, this is certainly a disadvantage for you.

But if subways all look like these ones in Beijing, we would actually enjoy the daily commute! There are two train lines in the city that have been converted to moving libraries. Hardly original, you may think? There are other modes of transportation, such as trucks and boats, that have been transformed into unconventional libraries, you say?

Well, this Beijing trains are definitely unique!

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Residents Are Puzzled As Dozens of Octopuses Were Found Ashore on a Beach in Wales

It happened three nights in a row.

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Imagine waking up one morning and heading to the beach, only to find around two dozen octopuses washed ashore. Maybe your first instinct is to think that you're hallucinating and seeing weird things. Upon checking that the creatures on the sand are definitely real, you would probably assume the worst - doomsday is upon us. Or maybe not.

This must be what the residents of Ceredigion, a small coastal village in western Wales, must have felt when they saw a group of cephalopods scattered on New Quay beach. They were washed ashore and reports say that the "octopus march" happened three nights in a row.

You would be puzzled too if you find dozens of them on a beach near you.

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Ruins of Mysterious 3,000-Year-Old Castle Found at the Bottom of Turkish Lake

The underwater ruins may have been home to the ancient Urartu civilization.

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Historians, researchers, and divers were surprised and blown away by the incredible remains of a 3,000-year-old castle recently discovered at the bottom of Turkey’s Lake Van. The ruins were found during underwater excavations by a team of divers from Van Yüzüncü Yıl University.

Experts' popular opinion claims that the ruins were once a fortress built by the ancient Urartu civilization, which existed during the iron age (9th-6th centuries B.C.). The Kingdom of Urartu thrived in the south of the Black and the Caspian seas, mountainous region of southwest Asia, an area that today covers Armenia, northwest Iran, and eastern Turkey.

During the time of Urartian dominance, the level of Lake Van was hundreds of feet lower.

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