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Phosphorescent / Bioluminescent "Noctiluca" Plankton in Puget Sound

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Published on Jun 22, 2012

We have had this fairly nasty-looking sludge in the water in the Puget Sound for the last few weeks. It looks a little like tomato soup, floating on top of the water - making shallow areas (like marinas) smell worse than kimchi.

Well - it's actually Noctiluca - a plankton (trillions of microscopic organisms), and the payoff is that it is bioluminescent and glows BRIGHTLY in the dark when you stir it up!

These shots were taken by either stirring the surface with a boat pole, or pouring water from a cup into the sea.

In a word: AWESOME!

It's really too bad that it doesn't show up better on video. It's insanely bright in real life...

P.S. - Sorry for the audio, but the original clips were of my wife and me giggling like little kids, and I was too lazy to actually edit things, etc...

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