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This Week in the Watershed

Photo of the Week: Bioluminescence Beauty

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Possibly one of the coolest images I've ever taken in the Bay. This is a 30-second exposure taken at 11 p.m. in Peary, Virginia.

The color you see in the water is the result of bioluminescence. I had my tripod set up and while the exposure was taking place, I walked through the water in the image to create a disturbance that allowed the water to light up. Look closely and you'll see my footprints in the image where my body blocked the light from reaching the sensor in the camera.

It was magical.  You could see stingrays swimming six feet down. A pod of dolphins swam by, leaving a 30-foot trail of light. Crabs clicking their claws even lit up the water. Never seen anything like it. 

—Scott Phillips

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Kathy/ Bernie Sheehan

We were in Puerto Rico about 2004 and did a tour to swim with the Bioluminesence. We went out in Kayaks through Mangrove canals. In the dark and Moon had to be full... When the oars hit the water it lit up green! The deeper we got into the open water the more the water lit up! We all attached our kayaks together ... then we could jump into the water to swim with them. It was amazing! Like diamonds glistening in you hands...rolling down your arms, in your hair. It was the coolest excursion we have ever done in all our travels. One to remember forever and MY FAVORITE thing I have ever done.

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