bioluminescent bay

bioluminescent bay - Vieques Island Puerto Rico
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     Like a dreamscape with swirls of color and light that seem to come from nowhere and everywhere, you cannot help but be swept away by the sheer beauty of this place. To understand the experience, try to imagine the sight of millions of microscopic aquatic fireflies all glowing at once and 
swimming in dense formations. 

     On a moonless night in Vieques take a ride into one of the most magical places in the world. Look behind the boat and watch the shimmering glow of the wake. When it stops and the guide stomps a foot on the deck, hundreds of luminescent streaks appear in the path of scattering fish. Imagine taking a dip and finding yourself enveloped in a blue-green glow, lifting your hand from the water and watching the glowing water drip off into the phosphorescent pool beneath. 

     Waving your arms in the water makes angel wings appear. The stronger the movement, the brighter the glow. Enter the world that time forgot, the last of its kind to still maintain such a high level of luminescence. Because even though this phenomena occurs elsewhere in the world, nowhere is it nearly as bright as in one of the bioluminescent bays in Vieques, known as Caņo Hondo or Puerto Mosquito. 

     The light is produced by trillions of micro-organisms that become luminescent when disturbed. The concentration here is an astounding 720,000 per gallon. Vieques is one of the few places in the world where pollution has not decimated the population. It is fortunate indeed that Vieques has 
escaped mainstream tourism.

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