Mystery Ocean Glow Confirmed

"Mariners have long told of rare nighttime events in which the ocean glows intensely as far as the eye can see in all directions. Scientists don't have a good handle what's going on. But satellite sensors have now provided the first pictures of a milky sea and given new hope to learning more about the elusive events. The newly released images show a vast region of the Indian Ocean, about the size of Connecticut, glowing three nights in a row. The luminescence was also spotted from a ship in the area."

I love it whenever new phenomenon are discovered. The oceans are a huge place and there are a lot of things out there that still need to be explained. I think this is probably caused by luminous bacteria of some sort. There are some very interesting theories mentioned.

Mystery Ocean Glow Confirmed in Satellite Photos


markus said...

i swam in the bioluminescent bay in vieques. i was scared to death but it was really amazing!

Dr. Fong said...

I encountered the very same thing in Maine. You could throw a handful of sand into the water and it would light up wherever a grain touched it.

Osiris said...

Since when is bioluminescence a "new phenomenon"?