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Canadian Museum of Nature unveils marquee summer attraction

The Canadian Museum of Nature is aglow with organisms that shine.

Creatures of Light: Nature's Bioluminescence is produced by the American Museum of Natural History in collaboration with the Museum of Nature and the Field Museum in Chicago.

It opens Saturday and is the museum's marquee attraction for the summer.

Delve into the magical world of bioluminescence and learn all about creatures, plants and vegetation that glow - from live flashlight fish imported from Japan to models of glimmering mushrooms, fire flies and fluorescent coral.

Nicole Dupuis, an exhibition content developer with the Museum said the exhibit is a great example of the magic of nature.

"Organisms that create their own light, either by luminescing or by fluorescing - this is an adaptation that has developed independently in unrelated species, so it's obviously something that is very useful," she said. "But there's something really magical about it and it's something that humans can't do. No mammals are fluorescent or bioluminescent. No birds. It's really a lot of the smaller organisms that have this adaptation and it's found throughout the world, so it's obviously a very useful one."

Visitors to the exhibit will be able to learn about the natural environments bioluminescent creatures live in. It also features an immersive experience of Mosquito Bay, where dinoflagellates create flowing halos when you step on the "water."

There are also glow stations throughout the museum where visitors can have fun with bioluminescence and try it out.

The museum expects to bring in big numbers with this exhibit, which already drew in crowds in New York and Chicago.

"We think it's going to be the most significant show in town this summer," said John Swettenham, the acting vice president of experience and engagement at the museum. "It's an international traveling show."

He said they hope to attract crowds like the Canada Space and Aviation Museum did last year with its Star Wars: Identities exhibit.

"In terms of a museum sense, being affiliated with the American Museum of Natural History and the Field in Chicago, those are great brands and it's a really great association for us," he said. "The show is just awesome and the subject is so cool that I think on the cool front, it'll be like a Star Wars and we hope that people will come and check it out."

The exhibition runs until November 9th.

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