Just off the coast of Okayama, Japan, are some gorgeous rocks that literally look like they’re bleeding Neon electric blue blood. The source of the blue light are a rare species of bioluminescent shrimp native to the region that are referred to as “sea fireflies,” or scientifically, Vargula Hilgendorfii.

Bright Blue Bioluminescent Shrimp Are Trickling Down Rocks in Okayama, Japan

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The sea fireflies are around 3 mm in length and normally live in the sand around the shallow sea water. To get so many together for these stunning pictures, photographers Jonathon Galione and Trevor Williams of Tdub Photo had to get creative: they lured them into jars using raw bacon. Who Would have thought? Humans aren’t the only one’s obsessed with Mouth Watering Bacon.

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they lured them into jars using raw bacon.

Once they caught enough of the little Shrimp, they carefully poured them on rocks near the shore and took these amazing shots. Don’t worry, the sea fireflies were not killed in the process! Galione and William made sure the shrimp were close enough to the sand and water to remain unharmed. They even wrote a Great tutorial for photographing sea fireflies on their website.

No Sea Fireflies were Killed in the Making of these Photos

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Once released, the sea fireflies quickly Scurried down to the safety of the sand below, but not before giving the two photographers a chance to capture their ethereal beauty. The result is a series of mind-blowing pictures they call The Weeping Stones.

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