Undertoad Tuesday Apr 11 02:21 PM
4/11/2006: Glowing waves
glatt Tuesday Apr 11 02:25 PM
That's really neat. I'd love to see that in person.
Elspode Tuesday Apr 11 02:41 PM
Are we pretty sure that a container load of glow sticks didn't wash overboard from a Hong Kong cargo ship?
Slothboy Tuesday Apr 11 02:45 PM
I've been on the beach in Oregon when there was bioluminescence. There wasn't so much that the waves were glowing but if you walked or dragged your feet on the wet sand you would get the bursts of light and trails and etc. It was crazy as hell. I'd never heard of this at the time and if I hadn't seen it I never would have believed it.
barefoot serpent Tuesday Apr 11 03:24 PM
Very cool. And it can even 'out-glow' San Diego (in the background).
mlandman Tuesday Apr 11 03:39 PM
San Juan, PR
has a couple of coves that put this to shame. Looking for the link, can't find it right now. But long story short it's a VERY popular excursion for some of the cruise ships -- you kayak out to this cove when there is a timeframe at night with little to no moonlight so it is very dark, and it is one of the coolest phenomenon you will ever see.
chrisinhouston Tuesday Apr 11 07:03 PM
I'm going to guess that this was a digital image because of all the "noise" throughout the image. Pretty amazing though as it is quite sharp and seems to have been composed well.
ferret88 Tuesday Apr 11 07:15 PM
NoBarkDawg Tuesday Apr 11 07:38 PM
Call me crazy, but I don't think that's a bunch of little underwater aliens that learned to control water... Though on the far right it does look like a bunch of underwater lights are turned on. Still don't think it's an alien conspiracy though.
xoxoxoBruce Tuesday Apr 11 07:59 PM
That must be bright for the camera to capture it.
Wombat Tuesday Apr 11 09:03 PM
I once went skinny dipping with a "close friend" on a night when there was luminescent plankton in the water. Every movement made the plankton light up the shape of our bodies. Now THAT was an awesome experience!
milkfish Tuesday Apr 11 09:55 PM
There's a web site that tells you how you can buy your own bioluminescent dinoflagellates and do experiments with them. I'm almost tempted.
Karenv Tuesday Apr 11 11:31 PM
I used to live in Northern California and we would go to the very rocky beaches in Sonoma County, where 20 foot breakers would glow green with the phosphorescence. It was wonderful. And your footsteps would glow as you walked in the wet sand.
Elspode Tuesday Apr 11 11:44 PM
How many of them did she have to consume?
ashke Wednesday Apr 12 12:20 AM
Wow, I've only heard of it but never saw the pictures (or thought to search for it). This is really cool =D
sandypossum Wednesday Apr 12 12:33 AM
I saw this in Ha Long Bay in Vietnam in 1995 and it was magic. There were eleven of us on a boat trip, and on the second evening we saw this. You had to make the water move to make it happen, and first we got the anchor rope and swished it around, then we got all the men to piss off the side of the boat. They could write their name, like with sparklers! Being loaded with Vietnamese only added to the experience (in so many ways).
Bullitt Wednesday Apr 12 01:26 AM
Wow, of all the times I've been on the beach at night in La Jolla or San Diego, I've never once seen that. Very cool!
Kitsune Wednesday Apr 12 10:10 AM
I've seen jellyfish that do something similar along the gulf beaches now and then. Each time a wave would crash, it appeared as if someone had scattered weak flashlights in the water that tumbled with the surf. Flashes, glows, sparkles. I guess the surf stressed them out. It was erie to see it and not know what it was -- we searched for the source for quite awhile before we noticed it was happening all up and down the beach.
Karenv Wednesday Apr 12 10:19 AM