Has anyone seen a bio luminescent event, if so, where?

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asked Jul 18, 2018 in Scuba Diving by Davidb (1,816 points)

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answered Jul 18, 2018 by NinjaShark (3,775 points)
i didn't see an event, but I did get to experience some bio luminescents on a night dive on the east coast of florida. Anytime I moved my hands in the water you could see a slight shimmer... but it was nothing like some of those beaches that light up bright blue. that would be cool to see.
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answered Jul 19, 2018 by VADiver (940 points)
I have seen bioluminescent phytoplankton on most Caribbean night dives. Hide your light and move your hand through the water to see “sparks” fly off your fingers. It’s my favorite thing to do during safety stops.

My best encounter with bioluminescence was in June with glow worms in Provo. A few days after each full moon (and about 50 minutes after sunset) glow worms rise up from the sand to mate. I was at the back of our group and taking pictures. After taking some pics of a huge crab, I looked up towards the group, before I grabbed my dive light, and the darkness had turned into a universe of stars. The ocean was full of tiny yellow/green lights - absolutely  beautiful!

My wife had a similar encounter in Roatán with what they call string of pearls. They are a small crustacean that use bioluminescent pulses as part of their mating ritual. The phenomenon occurs about an hour after sunset on nights that are pitch black. Turn off your lights and you will see what looks like small strings of light hanging down from the surface.
commented Jul 19, 2018 by Davidb (1,816 points)
Wow, amazing, could you tell me where Provo is?
commented Jul 19, 2018 by VADiver (940 points)
Providenciales is part of the Turks and Caicos
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answered Jul 18, 2018 by richardehyman (2,630 points)
As I recall, back in the day I saw them off the Yucatan as well as off Belize. Maybe Martinique as well. Really stunning and amazing. Tomorrow we're publishing a new blog on this topic. Check it out and feel free to subscribe. futurefrogmen.org
commented Jul 18, 2018 by Davidb (1,816 points)
Very cool site, loved the article about the venoms and poisons!
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answered Aug 2, 2018 by Joeyflewis (15 points)
San Diego particularly during an El Niño.
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