Whole-body imaging with fluorescent proteins is a powerful technology with many applications in small animals. Brighter, red-shifted proteins can make whole-body imaging more sensitive owing to reduced absorption by tissues and less scatter. A new protein called Katushka has been isolated. It is the brightest known protein with emission at wavelengths longer than 620 nm. This new protein offers the potential for noninvasive whole-body imaging of numerous cellular and molecular processes in live animals.