Happy with purchase
Arrived so quickly and already glowing and happy on arrival. My last orb died but these have arrived already seemingly sturdier and plentiful, fingers crossed they�ll last ages. Saw them on a beach in the middle of nowhere once and blew my mind- they carry such beautiful memories of that trip, fab! Bought a second one for a friend with similar nostalgic memories.
I had had a few of these spheres before from another company, and these are definitely brighter and healthier. I think it is the larger glove allowing for more air in the bowl.
The orb (and dinos) arrived fast and well. The culture was dense and looked healthy, However, after I transferd them into the Orb, the water became turbid after some days. The dinos seem smaller than before and there is some debris floating around, I think. Still glowing so far, though.
Culture was dead on arrival
As reference, I have a PhD in microbiology and experience cultivating Pyrocystis specifically. This culture had no bioluminescence when it arrived. I have since been keeping them in a cool space with plenty of indirect sunlight, hoping they were tired from their journey but would recover. It's been about 2 weeks so at this point, I have given up on them. I looked at them under the microscope, and there are plenty of dinoflagellate cells in there, but sadly they must have died in transit. It's not surprising given their sensitivity to heat and the fact that the package was warm when it arrives. Disappointed that I spent $60 on this.
Laura, Someone will contact you about a free replacement. All of our live PyroDinos are guaranteed for 30 days due to the variability in shipping conditions, which is difficult to control. Shipping during the heat of summer can be challenging.
As brilliant as it looks on the site
Bought these impulsively after watching a David Attenborough show about 'life that glows'. Due to a DHL Express delivery mix up they took 7 days to arrive in Belgium but were still alive and even glowing slightly on the first night. 1 Week later and they are thriving in their orb! They look exactly like they do on the website - no special effects or filters used - truly beautiful in the dark