When the Water Glows

Posted by on January 8, 2012

I have wanted to swim or canoe in bioluminescent waters since my friends Beth and Kirsten went on a rather less-than-supervised trip in Porto Rico many years ago.  They had a great time, even if they felt abandoned by their group and guide.  It seems so magical.  I love the water anyway, and being surrounded by small creatures that glow sounds like the stuff of fairy tales.

These photos were taken in 2008-09 in the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, Australia.  The precise conditions that created this bright blue phenomena include a huge wildfire and a 100 year flood, so it is unlikely to happen again anytime soon.  I am sure the local residents are relieved.

The luminescence happens when there is a disturbance in the water, waves or splashes.  So when it rains, it looks like sparks exploding from the surface.

All these photos are by Phil Hart and can be found here, he sells prints.


One Response to When the Water Glows

  1. Beth

    I keep wanting to go back and see that water again. I think we should plan a SASIPHGFR2 trip…. once this baby is weaned. :)