When he hatches from his egg, Sepio, a baby bobtail squid, is not able to glow. His dark shape is too obvious in the moonlit water and all kinds of predators lurk nearby. Ali, an intrepid Vibrio fischeri bacterium, is determined to reach safety too.
Can Ali and Sepio help each other?
The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon is a beautifully illustrated storybook about the symbiotic relationship between the Hawaiian bobtail squid and the bioluminescent bacteria that help it glow in the moonlight.
Originally published in 2014, this book has been extensively re-written to delight and captivate primary-school aged readers.
About the Authors
Ailsa Wild creates stories for theatre and paper pages. She loves collaborating with acrobats, scientists and children and her favourite question is ... But why?
Aviva Reed is a multi-disciplinary visual ecologist who creates immersive experiences to explore complex science.
Briony Barr is a conceptual artist, designer and interdisciplinary thinker, who is fascinated by the relationships between large and small.
Gregory Crocetti combines his microbial ecology experience with science education skills in an attempt to teach the world that microbes are marvellous.
Linda Blackall is an environmental microbiologist at The University of Melbourne. Her main research interests are using microbes to promote environmental sustainability, understanding symbiotic associations, and generally studying microbes wherever they exist - which is everywhere!
'I read The Squid, the Vibrio and the Moon to my grandson and he was absolutely riveted. As soon as I finished, he demanded that I read it again. He was swept up by the story, the incredible characters in it and wonders of the relationships that have evolved.' - David Suzuki, Scientist, Environmentalist and Broadcaster