SOLOMON ISLANDS — Scientists diving near the Solomon Islands made an incredible discovery: a turtle that glows neon red and green.
National Geographic reports that marine biologist David Gruber made the find during a dive in July.
Gruber told National Geographic that during a dive in which his team was filming sharks and coral reefs, they saw what appeared to be a spaceship; it was glowing neon green and red. The turtle was captured on video before it swam away.
National Geographic reports that the turtle is a critically endangered hawksbill sea turtle. It’s the first ever found that exhibits “biofluorescence,” which is the ability to reflect blue light hitting a surface and appearing as a different color.
It’s not clear why the turtles have this ability, but scientists say it could be a camouflage.
“I’ve been [studying turtles] for a long time and I don’t think anyone’s ever seen this,” Alexander Gaos, director of the Eastern Pacific Hawksbill Initiative, told National Geographic. “This is really quite amazing.”