Posted by: Brad Beaman | September 19, 2008

Bioluminescent plankton

While at the Agatti Island Beach resort our electric power was out so it was pitch dark
after dinner.
That led us to the discovery of bioluminescent plankton. The edge of the surf was lit up
with a florescent glow.
When we stepped on it our feet were glowing. I took this picture of the plankton. 

After doing some research I found out that Bioluminescence is light produced within an organism and primarily a marine phenomenon, but you may be more familiar with it in the form of fireflies or glow worms. The light we saw was a bioluminescence that results from light-producing chemical reactions in the plankton.

I found this video link that is similar to what we saw that night at Agatti Island in Lakshadweep, India.  

This site gets the Bradbeaman Bioluminescent Star Award! See a spectacular bioluminescent video click here


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