Dino Pet Blue

$69.95

Dino Pet Blue includes our new Dino Food Blue formulation. If produces the same brilliant bioluminescent glow at night when shaken in a dark room. The difference is now your Dino Pet is true blue all day long!

  • Hold one of nature's most magical occurrences in your hand
  • The glow comes from microscopic sea life called Dinoflagellates
  • Powered by sunlight, water and simple nutrients
  • No batteries or charging required

$69.95

What you’ll get

  • A clear Apatosaurus-shaped micro-aquarium (6"x3"x6”)
  • Living, bioluminescent dinoflagellates in separate packaging
  • Dino Food Blue to keep your Dino Pet glowing bright

I love my Dino Pet. I had originally planned on giving him to a nephew, but the Dino is so cool that I can’t quite seem to part with it (please, don’t tell).

Zoie H.

It's cleaner than the dogs, eats less than the baby and smells better than me. A perfect addition!!

Jeremy T.

The Dino Pet in 3 Easy Steps

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Flip your Dino and open the shell
using a coin, lucky or otherwise.

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Pour in your Dinoflagellates
and Dino Food.

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Dino’s natural glow will activate
within a day or two at night.

People are talking about the Dino Pet!

It's cleaner than the dogs, eats less than the baby and smells better than me. A perfect addition!!

-Jeremy T

Watch the Dino Pet in Action!

The Dino Pet Story

While on a valiant quest to construct a sustainable biolight (biological light), the mad-ly skilled scientists at BioPop began experimenting with a particular type of bioluminescent plankton, called dinoflagellates, as a possible light source.

As they nurtured these dinoflagellates to find the best way to make them glow, the BioPop scientists came to a revolutionary realization: dinoflagellates is kinda hard to say. Their solution? Calling them ‘dinos’ for short, of course.

Next, they came to two even-more-revolutionary realizations: 1) the dinos required too much external stimulation (shaking) to make a truly sustainable biolight, and 2) the subjects of this pet project were kind of like a pet… The coolest pet ever!

With a minimal amount of nurturing, the dinos would create a light show. Even cooler, the light show depended on how well they cared for them. Much like stars in Claire Danes movies, unhappy dinos don’t glow as bright.

As the dust settled from their aha moment, they realized they needed the perfect home for their dynamic, light-producing new pets. Fortunately, their answer was in the nickname they’d already given them.

Thus the Dino Pet was born, and the world was never the same. Ever.

Frequently Asked Questions

And a few random ones

The dinoflagellates (dinos) housed in the Dino Pet are single-celled plankton. More specifically these dinoflagellates are a marine species of unicellular non-toxic phytoplankton known as Pyrocystis fusiformis. They have chloroplasts and photosynthesize, just like plants do during the day. At night, these dinos have the ability to bioluminesce in response to mechanical stimulation (movement).

Our Dinoflagellates are a small faction of a larger population of phytoplankton that produce more than half the oxygen on Earth. More than all the grass, trees, forests and rainforests put together. So they help protect our oceans and all the creatures, big and small, both inside and outside of the water – even you.

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The lifespan of the Dino Pet will vary based on their exposure to moderate light, 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.

Dino Pet requirements:

  1. Moderate lighting 8-14 hours a day
  2. Moderate temperature, ideal 69F (range 62F – 85F)
  3. Small weekly feedings (beneficial for optimal health

To extend the life of your Dino Pet, use BioPop Dino Food. With weekly small feedings of Dino Food, the dinoflagellates can potentially reproduce indefinitely. Be careful - you can overfeed a Dino Pet – do not overfeed. If you leave your Dino Pet in a dark room for more than 4 days and they all expire, you can also purchase refills of the dinoflagellates for your Dino Pet from BioPop (now available with zero guilt trips!). If this is all getting a little overwhelming, don’t worry — a complete care manual is included with the shipment of your Dino Pet.

BioPop guarantees that your Dino Pet will arrive alive and healthy. If the dinos are not alive upon arrival, we will issue a replacement order, free of charge. Please contact us immediately, and we will process the new dino shipment right away.

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The dinoflagellates inside the Dino Pet respond to movement (gently rocking the Dino back and forth, up and down). They are also on a circadian clock like you and I. They sense when it is night-time and will only light up at night. You have to interact with your Dino Pet at night in the dark in order to see the light (bioluminescence). The light is transient, lasting only for the moment it is moving. Once you stop moving the Dino Pet, the dinoflagellates’ light quickly fades until their environment is in motion again. This helps them conserve energy.

During the night, the dinoflagellates produce an enzyme and a substrate (luciferase and luciferin) that when combined create energy in the form of light (bioluminescence). The bioluminescence from the dinoflagellates will be brighter later into the night (during movement) because the concentration of the luciferin and luciferase is higher. Once the dinoflagellates have emitted light during the night, they will continually ‘re-charge’ as the night progresses by producing more luciferin and luciferase.

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The outer shell of the Dino Pet is made from an ABS plastic.

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Do you think pets are too dangerous, too messy, or too much responsibility for your little one? If you said ‘yes’ or ‘no’ to any of those things, then the Dino Pet is perfect for you. It’s completely non-toxic, requires minimal care (indirect sunlight + a meal once a week), and doesn’t even poop! It’s the perfect entry-level pet to teach kids responsibility without having to worry about the crushing burden falling back on you.

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We’re pretty sure you’re pulling our leg, but in case this is a serious question… of course it makes a great present! The Dino Pet is easy to care for, unique, and affordable. Plus, do you know anyone who has living, glowing pet?

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

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Bioluminescence is a good indicator of health. If your Dino Pet appears dimmer at night and not producing the light it once was – DO NOT FEED. Stop all feedings and put Dino Pet in a low light location (8- 14 hrs /day).

Make sure location allows for steady and consistent day/night cycles. If possible, use a light timer to control the duration of light during the day. Leave your Dino Pet in a consistent day/night cycle (without moving its location) for several days.

You may also invert your Dino Pet and open its belly cap once a day to allow for better air exchange. Opening the belly cap for a few minutes will help equilibrate your Dino Pet.

After 3- 4 days, check for bioluminescence later in the evening (during night time cycle), at least 3 hours after consistent night-time cycle has begun. Invert the Dino Pet in a completely dark room (at night) to check for bioluminescence.

Dino First Aid Summary

  • Stop Feeding
  • Move to Low Light location (day cycle)
  • Ensure consistent day/night cycles (do not move)
  • Open belly cap daily

Once your Dino begins lighting up again you may continue weekly feedings.

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You will magically be transformed into a Stomachsore-us Rex! While we recommend that you don’t drink the dinoflagellates because they live in salt water that will probably give you a tummy ache, the Pyrocystis fusiformis species of dinoflagellates we use are nontoxic and completely safe for children.

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Let us start by saying that Dino Food is to dinoflagellates as Plant Food is to plants. If you fail to feed a potted plant it will not suddenly die but instead, over time, will suffer nutrient deficiencies that will slow its growth, which eventually could contribute to the plant’s death. You can overfeed a plant and you can overfeed a Dino Pet. Do not overfeed.

Dino Food is nutrient rich seawater. Feeding the Dino Pet is beneficial in more ways than just adding nutrients- small weekly feedings also allow for air exchange of this closed system.

Your order comes with a bag of Dino Food. BioPop recommends feeding a Dino Pet roughly 50ml (3.3 tablespoons) once every week by opening the belly cap and pouring some in. (Please don’t use an actual tablespoon unless it is clean and free of contaminates- dish soap residue is enough to kill a Dino Pet). If you don’t have room or just want to keep the same fill level in your Dino Pet, you can pour some of the liquid out before adding the Dino Food. We recommend pouring it out into another container and starting another population!

One pouch of Dino Food is 220ml, which is about 4 feedings. Feeding amounts do not need to be exactly measured. Dino Food can be purchased in multiple packs from our site, and stored in a cool dry location for up to 6 months. Dino Food can be stored even longer in a refrigerator. Please be sure to bring Dino Food to room temperature before adding to Dino Pet.

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Dinos don’t really grow, but they do reproduce. Asexual reproduction to be exact, meaning you don’t have to worry about teaching your youngsters about the birds and the bees… yet. The rate at which they reproduce is entirely dependent on the amount of available light, dark, and nutrients. You’ll be in charge of making sure the dinos get enough playtime in the light and sleep in the dark, but BioPop sells the Dino Food to make sure your dinos are flush with nutrients to extend their life.

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That’s a tactless question, and now you’ve hurt his feelings.  Unless you meant 'tale'...because he definitely has one of those!

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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 photosynthesize during the day cycle and then produce bioluminescence, or natural light, during the night cycle. The internal clock is influenced or programed by day and night cycles of prior days (and weeks).

Since your dinoflagellates have been on Pacific Time (San Diego), they are accustomed to bioluminescing between 5pm (PT) and 5am (PT). Depending on where you live, do the time conversion and view your Dino Pet during these hours. Your Dino Pet will adapt to your schedule over time.

Ideally, dinoflagellates should get 10-14 hours of moderate light and 10-14 hours of relative darkness every 24 hours, at the same time every day. Dinoflagellates should not receive bright light or direct sunlight. Keeping their day/night cycle consistent is important. Using the natural timing of sunrise and sunset to set your day/night cycles is a good way to establish consistency (if you don’t have a light on a timer).

If you can provide light cycle consistency, the dinoflagellates will be luminescent whenever they are in their "night phase" and they will be non-luminescent when they are in their "day phase".

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Scientists hypothesize that bioluminescence helps dinoflagellates avoid some night-time predation. The theory is referred to as the Burglar-Alarm Theory. When dinoflagellates are being eaten (disturbed, to say the least) their natural light gives away the location of the predator and in turn that predator becomes dinner for a larger fish or predator. Bye-bye dino predator. Lights out.

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It doesn't hurt to open the cap once in awhile to allow air exchange but this is not necessary. We have observed healthy dinoflagellates in closed systems for several months. Dinoflagellates produce CO2 at night when they metabolize the glucose generated during photosynthesis. And during the daytime, they produce O2 as a byproduct of photosynthesis.

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Place your Dino Pet in a room that gets moderate light during the day (10-14 hours), and moderate darkness at night (10-14 hours). Some light at night is ok, and light bulbs are ok as long as they aren’t overheating the dinos. Make sure the Dino Pet stays within the temperature range of 63-77° F (17-25° C).

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Although some species of dinoflagellates live in fresh water, the particular dinos we sell are found naturally in the deep blue sea. BioPop collected a few dinoflagellates from the ocean to start our original culture. Today we grow dinoflagellates in an indoor aqua farm (a 'greenhouse' like environment) so as not to impact the environment.

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Have you heard the saying ‘the quickest way to a man’s heart is through his belly’? Well, it’s kinda like that. The quickest way to the inside of a Dino Pet is through its belly.

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The dinoflagellates need continuous shaking to maintain an intense glow, but the show doesn’t end when the shaking stops. Before the dinos have a chance to settle, they will continue to move through the water lighting up as they bounce off of one another making for a light show similar to a meteor shower.

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Don’t shake your dog or cat! But 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.

Also, they’re photosynthetic plankton. That means, they’re much more akin to the lettuce on your salad plate than they are to the dog in your yard. Dinoflagellates don’t have brains, nerves, pain receptors or anything of the sort. If you still think the Dino Pet is cruel, then you should probably avoid beer, wine and even bread for that matter. Millions of microorganisms (yeast) die in the making of every delicious brew you drink, and sandwich you eat. (And definitely don’t wash your hands!)

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Please don't! Nothing included in your shipment should go in the fridge. The dinoflagellates are living organisms that need a precise temperature range to live (63-77° F or 17-25° C). As soon as you receive the package, follow instructions on page 01 of the Dino Care Manual.

If for some reasons you are unable to fill your Dino Pet with the dinoflagellates upon delivery, take the dinoflagellate pouch out of the box and give it the lighting and temperature conditions as described on page 01 of the Dino Care Manual. The dinoflagellates can live in their pouch with the right conditions for several days.

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