Sunday, July 09, 2006

Bioluminescence.


Last night Greg led a trip to the Indian River/Mosquito Lagoon, (very aptly named,) to see the bioluminescence. I had never heard of it before, but every summer there is an algae that blooms, and after dark, it glows when anything moves through it. I mean GLOWS! Like a glow stick. It was the coolest thing I've ever seen. We'd canoe through a school of fish and it looked like hundreds of bottle rockets shooting off all around you. Every paddle of the oar was just amazing. We ended up soaked from splashing water into the air to watch it glow and sparkle. Greg and Sam ended up wet from two manatees swimming under their boat and tipping it, (they were a great big glow in the water!)

Getting ready to canoe!
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The moon was up, and right underneath it are Nasa's vehicle assembly buildings reflecting the light.

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It was hard to photograph, but this is the bioluminescence from my canoe paddle going through it.In person it lookd brighter and more glow stick green.

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