To See the Oceans Glow

Scanning Electron Microscopy of dinoflagellates from http://www.mnh.si.edu

You may have heard of a red tide before…If not let me remind you it generally occurs  when there has been an a exponential growth in the number of dinoflagellates in the water column often referred to as a ‘bloom.’ The water often turns a golden or red color under these conditions, it also creates a  condition where other organisms are unable to survive due to nutrient depletion (sometimes including oxygen).

Red tide from tumblr.com

Despite these inhospitable conditions other types of these organisms  produce a bioluminescent display that is spectacular.  When disturbed these unicellular creatures light up in the ocean waters. This makes boating under evening conditions  remarkable. I hope to one day witness this this oceanic beauty.

Blue tide by Phil Hart from asknature.org

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