Dino Egg


A little pouch of living light!

  • Hold one of nature’s most magical occurrences in your hand
  • The glow comes from microscopic algae called dinoflagellates
  • Love your dinos? Transfer them to your own container!

What's Included

  • 1 pouch of 100mls of dinoflagellates
  • Instruction manual on care and transferring

So what makes it glow?

Bioluminescence is the production of light by living organisms such as jellyfish, fireflies and many fish and other underwater species.

  • Dinoflagellates, or the “glowy stuff”, originated from a culture of marine plankton gathered from the ocean.
  • These Dinos have the natural ability to bioluminesce. Now we grow it safely in a sort of greenhouse laboratory environment
  • Gentle light and light agitation is all our Dinos need to start their natural glowing process.

Frequently Asked Questions

And a few random ones

Dinoflagellates (dinos) are single-celled marine plankton (algae). More specifically, our dinos are a species of non-toxic phytoplankton known as Pyrocystis fusiformis. During the day, they photosynthesize just like plants do. At night, these dinos have the ability to bioluminesce in response to movement. Fin fact- dinos produce more than half of the Earth's oxygen. That's more than all the grass, trees, forests and rainforests put together!

Even though the creation of a whole new industry would be of great help to the economy, your dinos will do just fine on their own. Just make sure to leave them in a sunlit room out of direct sunlight.

Just pour some of your dinos into a new, sterile container that closes. You can use a clear glass container, plastic bottle, or you can purchase an empty Dino Pet Shell or empty Dino Sphere. Be sure to add Dino Nutrients every 7-10 days after the transfer to keep them at optimal health.

Let us put your mind at seas... it's okay to shake your dinos! Dinoflagellates exist in tumultuous environments in the natural world. They're used to cruising with the currents and crashing with the waves, so a little shake is nothing they aren’t well accustomed to. Furthermore, dinos are a photosynthetic plankton (marine algae). This means they’re much more akin to the grass in your yard than they are to the dog in your yard. Dinoflagellates don’t have brains, nervous systems, pain receptors or anything of the sort.

Finding a happy home for your dinoflagellates (dinos) is easier than you think! Place your dinos in a room that gets soft light during the day, and darkness at night. Light bulbs work well as a light source, but make sure they aren’t overheating the dinos. A small amount of light at night is ok, but please find as dark a spot as you can manage. Dinos enjoy the same temperatures that you and I typically do (63-77° F or 17-25° C).

The dinoflagellates in the Dino Pet are special because they have a circadian clock that controls their bioluminescence and photosynthesis cycles. This internal clock is on a 24-hour cycle. Dinoflagellates (dinos) are special because they have a circadian clock that controls when they can take in light and when they can produce light. Like most of us, they follow the sunrise and sunset of the day. Since your dinos were born in San Diego, they are accustomed to glowing 5pm PT - 5am PT. Depending on where you live, there might be a slight time difference to account for initially. Your dinos will adapt to your schedule over time. Ideally, dinos should be placed in a location that gets 10-14 hours of moderate light and 10-14 hours of darkness each day. Dinos should not receive bright light or direct sunlight as this can heat them up. Soft artificial light will work just fine.

The dinoflagellates will last up to 30 days inside the Dino Egg pouch. If you’d like to keep them thriving after that point, simply transfer them into a sterilized clear container of your choosing! Be sure to add Dino Nutrients every 7-10 days after the transfer to keep them at optimal health.

The dinoflagellates in our products (Pyrocystis fusiformis) are nontoxic and completely safe for humans and animals. That being said, we dolphin-ately don't recommend drinking the dinoflagellates because they live in salt water that can give you an upset stomach.

You need to interact with your dinoflagellates (dinos) at night, in the dark in order to see them glow. Just as in nature, the light dinos emit is transient, lasting only while the dinos are in motion. Once you stop moving them, the light quickly fades until their environment is in motion again. This helps them conserve energy so they can continue to #staylit.

Although some species of dinoflagellates (dinos) live in fresh water, the particular dinos we sell (Pyrocystis fusiformis) are found naturally in the deep blue sea. BioPop collected a few dinos off the coast of San Diego to start our original culture. Today, our dinos are continuously reproducing in our greenhouse-like environment so as not to impact the environment or global dino population.

Scientists hypothesize that bioluminescence helps dinoflagellates (dinos) avoid some night-time predation. The theory is referred to as the Burglar-Alarm Theory. When a predator is disturbing their environment, their natural light gives away the location of that predator. In turn, that predator becomes dinner for a larger fish. Sea you later, dino predator!

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