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World's Brightest Bioluminescent Bay
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FunOfIt
Mon Nov 14 2016, 08:24PM
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We just got back from Puerto Rico and we had one of the most amazing kayaking experiences of our lives (if not the most amazing). We took a glass bottom kayak tour to Mosquito Bay on Vieques (a Puerto Rican island to the east of the main island). It's the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world. When anything touches the water or makes the water move, the water glows bright blue like someone turned on a neon blue light. The effect is caused by microscopic organisms named Pyrodinium bahamense, Dinoflagellates (dinos). There are billions of them in the bay. You're not allowed to swim in it any longer because it harms the environment and kills them but you can dip your hand into the water and it will leave a blue trail behind. And when you pick up your hand out of the water it will glow, and the water that drips off of it glows! A fish swam under our kayak for 10 or 15 minutes and you could see it perfectly because it was glowing so brightly!! You could see fish everywhere (but under the kayak through the glass bottom was amazing!). I can't even find the words to describe how incredible this experience was!! Unfortunately, we couldn't bring our phones on the tour wish us so I didn't get pics but I'm including a pic from the tour company's website (Melaya Tours). If you get a chance to go to Puerto Rico you have to go to Vieques and see the biobay (make sure to go during a "New Moon" phase). I'm also including a screen shot of my Navionics mobile app so you can see where Vieques is in relation to the mainland and where Mosquito Bay is on Vieques.






[ Edited Mon Nov 14 2016, 08:28PM ]
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