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These Awesome Glowing Rocks Are Actually Caused by Bioluminescent Sea Fireflies

Take a look at these beautiful glowing stones caused by bioluminescent sea fireflies!

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Nature always finds ways to amaze us mere mortals, especially when bioluminescence is involved. Today, let’s explore the beautiful shots taken by photographers Trevor Williams and Jonathan Galione as they document these glowing, weeping rocks that look like they belong in a fantasy world!

These rocks look reminiscent of those scenes from Avatar.

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These sparkling lights are actually caused by sea fireflies, which is a bit of a misnomer since they’re actually a species of shrimp known in Japan as “umibotaru”. These sea fireflies are visible every year from May until the end of October, and they live in the sand near the shallow sea water. They are most often seen floating in the water between the extremes of high tides and low tides, so it looks like the water is glowing as well.

These sea fireflies illuminate the shallow water, making the water look like a starry sky on a clear night.

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Photographers Trevor Williams and Jonathan Galione travelled off the coast of Okayama, Japan to take photos for their photo series aptly called “The Weeping Stones.” But these sea fireflies didn’t conveniently align themselves along the rocks; instead, they were “placed” there by the photographers using raw bacon to lure them into jars, which they then “poured” onto the rocks.

The photographers arranged the sea fireflies onto the rocks to make them look like “Weeping Stones”

The sea fireflies weren’t harmed, in case you were wondering. And they were placed back into the water shortly after the photographers took their shots.

It’s like seeing fairies playing in the water!

The movement of the sea fireflies leaves a trail of light in their wake.

It’s a scene that looks like it was taken right out of a fantasy book!

So the next time you find yourself off the coast of Okayama anytime between May and October, make sure to visit the shallow waters to see these bioluminescent wonders for yourself!

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They Built a Supersized Capital, Six Times Larger Than New York City. But Nobody Came!

Have you ever wanted to visit a perfectly maintained yet completely empty city? Better book that ticket to Naypydaw!

You might be thinking that this abandoned city is filled with nuclear waste, riddled with radiation or worse, haunted. But in reality, there's absolutely nothing wrong with this city; rather, it's just a victim of change.

What's in this city that people are so adamant to avoid?

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Naypydaw is a huge city that spans about 4,800 square kilometers. Its giant boulevards have up to 20 lanes, and they're said to have been designed to allow air crafts to land on them. And these roads even have carefully pruned shrubbery.

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Woman Performs Death-defying Stunt by Swimming Near Molten Lava

Pretty hardcore, right? But Australian surfer Allison Teal lives for this kind of extreme challenge.

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Swimming in open waters, in itself, poses lots of dangers for people. But by adding the element of swimming near molten lava? Now that's really like staring death in its face.

Pretty hardcore, right? But Australian surfer Allison Teal lives for this kind of extreme challenge.

Teal, a survivalist and filmmaker, is no stranger to this kind of danger. In her latest stunt performed in Hawaii, she paddled to the base of a sea cliff, swam up to the 2,000 degree-lava pouring out from the Kilauea volcano, and paid her respects to Pele (the Hawaiian goddess of volcanoes).

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The Fascinating Story Behind Brazil’s Iconic Statue – Christ the Redeemer

You may often see Christ the Redeemer in the media, but have you ever wondered what it took to create this modern marvel?

Whenever you watch a movie or TV show that features Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 9 times out of 10 you're greeted with a shot of the iconic statue of Christ the Redeemer. But you wouldn't have guessed that the creation of this statue took about a decade of construction and negotiation!

The Christ the Redeemer statue sits 700 meters above the city's beaches and favelas on Corcovado mountain. Its creation was inspired by the bolstering Christianity of Brazil when the country was becoming a republic near the end of the 19th century.

Christ the Redeemer circa 1930.

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