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Swimming in a Sea of STARS!
This would be a Magically Adventurous and Thrilling experience 🙂
What is GLOWING in the water?
(Vaadho Island Maldives)
Photograph by Doug Perrine
Bioluminescence is the light produced by a chemical reaction that occurs in an organism, this occurs for multiple reasons such as: to evade predators, attract prey and communicate within their species.
It occurs at all depths in the ocean, but is most commonly observed at the surface. Bioluminescence is the only source of light in the deep ocean where sunlight does not penetrate. Amazingly, about ninety percent of the organisms that live in the ocean have the capability to produce light.
Holiday destination? YES!
Puerto Rico is known to have the most breathtaking Bioluminescence bay in the world (Guinness book of world records). Vieques Island, just off the eastern shore of Puerto Rico has the brightest bioluminesence bay in the world. The bay is home to around 720,000 dinoflagellates (most common source of bioluminescence, known as fire plants), which together light up the waters and can be seen from miles away!
Other bioluminescence bays in puerto Rico such as Parguera and Fajardo are threatened, due to its development (pollution, fuel spillage, garbage) Killing most of its fire plants (only 10% of what Vieques Island has).
The Vieques Historic and Conservation Trust has protected the island from development and preserving the magnificence of its most breathtaking attraction, that of glittering waters.
Note: Kayaking is allowed in the areas and swimming- but only with guided tours.
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