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Friday, March 30, 2012

Bioluminescence. Ever heard of it? I hadn't.

While on our trip to the Bay of Islands I was able to experience something so insane no amount of photos or description can really capture it. While on our night kayak and swim of "The Rock" we experienced bioluminescent water. What is it? Basically Bioluminescence is the emission of light by a living thing. In this case, it was by algae. On really sunny days on the Bay, this sort of algae absorbs lots of sunlight that it then emits when disturbed at night. So when our kayaks and paddles glided through the water during our night adventure, the area lit up fluorescent green!!!! When the lights were out on the boat and we were on the water, all you could see were streaks of fluorescent green. Even cooler was jumping of the back of the boat and producing the same flashes of neon with every movement of your body!!! According to our Kiwi guides, this phenomenon was inspiration to James Cameron's Avatar. I wasn't able to capture it on film, but here's a similar example...


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