Dino Pet

The Dino Pet allows you to hold one of nature's most magical occurrences in the palm of your hand.




What is the Dino Pet?

The Dino Pet is a living, interactive 'pet' that photosynthesizes during the day and glows brilliantly when you play with it at night. The alluring blue glow emitted by the Dino Pet is bioluminescence, made from microscopic sea life called dinoflagellates.

By using sunlight, water and nutrients, instead of batteries or electricity, the Dino Pet allows you to hold one of nature's most magical occurrences in the palm of your hand. Every year, thousands of people travel the world to experience the magic of bioluminescence in nature. The Dino Pet lets you bring this beautiful phenomenon into the comfort of your own home, and enjoy it night after night.

Far more than a toy, the Dino Pet is a contemporary living art piece, introductory pet, biological magic trick, conversation starter and science lesson that instills a sense of wonder in people of all ages.


  • Optically clear, apatosaurus-shaped micro-aquarium
  • Includes living, bioluminescent dinoflagellates
  • Includes Dino Food to keep your Dino Pet glowing bright
  • Size: Approximately 6"x3"x6"


The Dino Pet contains living organisms, so all orders must ship via express delivery (Standard Shipping is USPS Priority). If you select Standard Shipping or 2-day FedEx Shipping during checkout, we ship these orders on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday only. If you order after 12pm PT on Wednesday, your order will be held until the following week. Be sure to open the package immediately upon arrival and follow the instructions inside the Dino Pet box.

Orders will be held during extreme weather conditions (extreme heat or inclement weather). Orders will be shipped/delivered when weather permits.

*NEW* - Next Day Domestic Shipping Option!
Do you live in a US region that has extreme temperatures? For the health of the dinoflagellates, we recommend that you choose the next day shipping option during checkout so the living dinoflagellates are only in transit for 1 day!  If you select FedEx Overnight Shipping during checkout and place your order before 12pm PT Monday-Thursday, your order will be shipped that afternoon for arrival the next day (except for holidays). Note: Orders placed between Thursday 12pm and Monday 12pm will ship on Monday.

BioPop currently ships Dino Pet within the USA and internationally to Canada, UK, France, Germany, Netherlands, Austria, Belgium, Japan and Hong Kong.  Duties and taxes are included in the shipping rate and collected at check out. The Dino Pet is still working on getting clearance for other international travel destinations. Please sign up to our newsletter at the bottom of this page and we'll let you know the moment the Dino Pet is available to buy in your country!

Shake It On

Your Dino Pet lights up in response to mechanical stimulation — shaking!  Give your Dino Pet a little shake to see the beautiful bioluminescence of the dinoflagellates within.

Make sure to play with your Dino Pet in the darkest room possible. Even a small bit of ambient light can mask the bioluminescence.

(Important note: Dino Pet only lights up when shaken...at night...in a dark room.)




Seeking answers?  Take a look at the complete Dino Pet Care Manual.  Also, visit our Dino Care page for even more information on taking care of your Dino Pet.

Below are some frequently asked questions and answers such as:

What is the life expectancy of the Dino Pet?

The lifespan of the dinoflagellates will vary based on their exposure to sunshine, external temperature and how quickly they require new nutrients to be supplemented. Typically, a Dino Pet will live for approximately 1 month to 3 months on nothing but a little indirect sunlight. Extend the life of your pet by routinely adding a little bit of Dino Food 2.0 to the mix and you can prolong their life, forever… Seriously, by regularly adding Dino Food, the dinos can potentially reproduce indefinitely....

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