If You Ever See Blue Glowing Water, Here’s What it Means

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I have lived on the coast in a few different states, but I have never seen the water glowing with a blue color.

Apparently, the phenomenon is happening in Galveston, Texas at the moment and I wish I could go and see it with my own eyes.

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The glowing blue color is called Bioluminescence and it’s quite beautiful to look at and makes for some amazing photographs!

But what is Bioluminescence?

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Bioluminescence is light produced by a chemical reaction within a living organism. Bioluminescence is a type of chemiluminescence, which is simply the term for a chemical reaction where light is produced. (Bioluminescence is chemiluminescence that takes place inside a living organism.)

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I imagine all of the people visiting for spring break were excited to see this beautiful show of “lights” in the water.

Bioluminescence is a “cold light.” Cold light means less than 20% of the light generates thermal radiation, or heat.

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Have you ever witnessed this in person? The tide waves look like they are lit up from within and it’s magical looking.

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Most bioluminescent organisms are found in the ocean. These bioluminescent marine species include fish, bacteria, and jellies. Some bioluminescent organisms, including fireflies and fungi, are found on land. There are almost no bioluminescent organisms native to freshwater habitats.

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If you are on Spring Break in Galveston, let me know if you see it this weekend.

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