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Dino Pet is a Living Toy That Glows in the Dark With Bioluminescence


by Kristine Lofgren

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Have you dreamed of owning your own living dinosaur, but just haven’t been able to find the space or time (or dinosaur)? Don’t worry, your dreams are about to come true. Meet BioPop’s Dino Pet, the glow-in-the-dark, living dino for adventurers of all ages. Technically, Dino Pet isn’t actually breathing, but he is filled with dinoflagellates and – with a little bit of light, food and a playful shake – you and your kids can keep Dino Pet alive and happy while enjoying the amazing natural glow.

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BioPop wanted to create a sustainable light, so they started playing around with dinoflagellates, which are bioluminescent plankton. They found that these plankton can live happily inside a container, but they require too much movement to be an everyday light. So instead, they decided that the idea would make the coolest pet since Sea Monkeys hit the scene.

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We first wrote about Dino Pet a year ago when the BioPop team was looking for Kickstarter funding to launch the little living light. Now the light-producing pet is a reality and you can finally order one of your own, er, I mean, one for your child. And if having a pet dinosaur wasn’t enough, you can use the Dino Pet to help teach kids about responsibility – since a dim dino is a sad dino – while providing fun and sustainable entertainment at the same time.

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Dino Pet: The living lamp that grows brighter the more you care for it

The BioPop Company have come up with a very different and very cool living light/virtual pet by the name of Dino Pet. This is a biological lamp that has very small bioluminescent plankton inside it, called dinoflagellates, which glow in the dark with their own inner light.


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This is where the Dino Pet gets its name from, with the dinoflagellates being inside the plastic shell. The plankton are in salt water and they need care, but very little of it, if they are to thrive and provide you with a light show when it gets dark.


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In the day the Dino Pet should be placed in indirect light. Then at night, this is when the magic takes place as if you give it a small shake, the plankton will be stimulated and they will start to glow. Once in a while you will have to take care of the Dino Pet by putting some liquid nutrients into its stomach so that the plankton is kept fed and happy.


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The amount of light that you get from the Dino Pet will all depend on how well you care for it, or rather, the plankton inside its belly. If lots of attention is given then after a small light shake it will put on a stunning and beautiful show for you.


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The BioPop biological lamp/pet/toy was the outcome of the company’s quest for a sustainable bio-light. They came across the dinoflagellates and then set about making a vessel that would hold them, and came up with the idea of the unusual and beautiful living lamp. The lamp is available over in the US with a price tag of $

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We finally have them in stock, the Dino Pet! The glowing, living dino-shaped pet!

The Dino Pet is the result of a Kickstarter campaign to produce a &#;pet&#; made of tiny oceanic creatures known as Dinoflagellates.  These tiny creatures absorb light and when agitated (such as in an ocean&#;s waves or current).  To see how this looks in the wild, this video of a Sand Diego beach shows the glowing in action:

With the kickstarter funding them, the developers of the Dino Pet, BioPop, set out to answers questions about their product &#; how to feed them, how to grow them, how to ship them, and much more. All of these questions were resolved and the Dino Pet went into production.


The Dino Pet works simply &#; you set it up with some food and give it indirect sunlight. Once nighttime falls you can give your Dino Pet a shake and watch the Dinoflagellates glow! You can see how it works from this video:

The Dino Pet is sold in two ways &#; one is straight from the company and must be rushed shipped to the delivery address. This is because the Dinoflagellates are living creatures and having them sit in a box for days of delivery time is hard on the little creatures. But this also means that if you are giving it as a gift you can&#;t wrap it and put it under the tree for several weeks.

The solution is the gift version of the Dino Pet, which is what we carry at Spectrum. This version has the delightful box, the Dino Pet, care manual, and a Fill &#;er Up Coupon that can be used at the manufacturer&#;s website to have a pack of Dinoflagellates and their food, express shipped to you.  There is no extra charge for the Dinoflagellate shipping.

cThe lifespan of Dinoflagellates with proper care and feeding is indefinite due to the microbial animals reproducing in the Dino Pet. Feeding is simple and can be done approximately every months.  The Dino Pet must only get indirect sunlight to &#;charge&#; as direct sunlight is too harsh. The Dino Pet must be shaken at night to activate the bioluminescence and should not be over-shaken as this can harm the Dinoflagellates.

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out of 5 starsIts a big boy toy and it's pretty cool

Reviewed in the United States on August 22,

I absolutely love the BioPop brand and all that they stand for. I've had my dinopet for almost 2 years now and I've definitely learned a few things.
First, you need to abandon your expectations before you can enjoy the concept. These are live animals that require time and money to maintain. They need to be fed and kept in a suitable environment (that means the right temp. And lighting). It's not a magical glowing night light that requires no effort to maintain. That being said, they don't necessarily require any upkeep between feedings once you've found a suitable place to keep them. The fact that they bioliminesce at all is incredible, but the reality is, they're only going to emit a brief flash of light when agitated at night. The blue light is beautiful- especially when you see it for the first time. I give mine a little shake almost every time I pass by it at night and it never gets old.

Second, they're expensive pets but they don't have to be. It's recommended you feed them every days, but that's ridiculous. I empty out about a 1/4 - 1/5 of the culture every month or so and replace it with fresh medium (their food). Thats all they really need to survive. You can probably even stretch it to a month and a half if the population isn't too dense. Instead of pouring the dinoflagellates down the drain, you can use that to start side cultures in other containers such as an erlenmeyer flask or bottle. Now, the initial cost is kinda expensive, but after that, you can get around buying the expensive "dino food." I instead use a medium from Carolina Biological Supply Co. thats specifically made for these kind of dinoflagellates, and it's a whole lot cheaper. Instead of paying $15 (not including shipping) for a mL pouch of BioPop "dino food" I get a 1 L ( mL) bottle of "Bioluminescent Dinoflagellate Medium, 1 L" sold by Carolina Biological Supply Company here on Amazon for about $30 including shipping. So instead of paying $ per mL ($15 ÷ mL) plus shipping for "dino food," you can buy esentially the same thing for $3 per mL ($30 ÷ mL).
All things considered most people will really enjoy the dinopet. If you're naturally curious, a smart shopper, and willing to put in the minimal effort to maintain the dinopet, then you're going to love it just as I do.


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I don't know a single child that doesn't want a pet. Even if you already have pets, your children want more.  Maybe your significant other wants a pet, but you just don't have the time, patience, and/or money for a pet. Why not get them the next best thing? Get them a pet that has some of the responsibilities of a REAL pet, but is really a TOY!? It sounds crazy right? I thought the same thing! I am so excited to tell you about the toy of the year!!

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About The Dino Pet

The Dino Pet is the coolest toy that I have ever come across! I am serious when I say that this is the most unique toy on the market today. What makes this toy so unique? Well, that is SIMPLE (not really). It is a &#;dinosaur&#; with real, living organisms inside of it. These Dinoflagellates (or dinos) live in salt water and need to be fed and cared for to keep them alive and healthy! The Dino Pet is like a real pet, but can be cared for like a house plant. It needs food and sunlight, just like a plant would. This is the perfect pet/toy for anyone over the age of 10 (in my opinion). The coolest part of the Dino Pet is that it illuminates (lights up) at night, when you shake it! Just shake it between 1 to 3 times and your Dino Pet (well, the living organisms) will let off a beautiful blue glow! This is an AWESOME gift! We love our Dino Pet so much. We call him &#;Dino&#; because it's the name of the pet on the cartoon, TheFlinstones. 

What is Included in your Dino Pet Set ?

1. Dino Pet
2. 1 Bag of DinoFaellates
3. 1 Bag of Dino Pet Food
4. A Dino's Tale Story Book
5. Dino pet T-shirt  (In the size of your choice)

Welcoming Dino Pet into Your Home

Setting up the Dino Pet is really simple. Your Dino Pet includes the Dinosaur, the dinofagellates, and the pet food. First, you wash your hands, open the belly of your Dino pet, and add the Dinoflagellates (add all of them so they don't die). Next, add some of the Dino Pet Food. Make sure you follow the directions for adding the Dinoflagellates and Dino Pet Food, because there is a careful process for each. I would suggest that an adult to this. Make sure you READ the instruction booklet because your pet has been raised on San Diego time and you want your pet to slowly adjust to your schedule. Always remember, your pet really contains LIVING organisms. You MUST take care of these sweet and beautiful things. You will need to give it 12 hours of INDIRECT sunlight and 12 hours of darkness each day. The best idea is to leave it in a room with the blinds open. Do not put it in your window sill because the direct sunlight can harm or kill the organisms, but keep it in a room that gets some sunlight. Doing this will keep it on a regular and healthy schedule. Each night, for the 1st 4 nights you will see your Dino Pet become more illuminating when you shake it. That means he (or she) is happy in their new home!


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