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Bioluminescence on the Bay
This past Sunday I left Havre de Grace late (about 9pm) for Still Pond. About half way to Still Pond, outside the mouth of the Sassafrass, I was walking back to the cockpit from the foredeck when I noticed something in the water. In my bow wave was green bioluminescence! The water this far north is almost completely fresh. I think some some bacteria may be able to glow, but I'm not sure if glowing shrimp or plankton make it this far north.
I thought this was pretty cool, so I checked around to make sure I was the only boat out. With the coast clear, I ran blacked out for a few minutes to get a better look. The little glowing globs where glowing their brightest at the crest of my bow wave. There was quite alot of glowing coming from the prop wash too, but it was deeper underwater.
Then, last night, I was in Worton Creek and tried my luck there. I stirred the water up with my boat hook while standing in my cockpit. Sure enough, little green glowing globs. This time it wasn't as active, but I didn't expect it to be with just me stirring a little. I have never seen this on the Bay, and didn't expect it up this north. Has anyone else seen bioluminescence on the Bay? If so, where and what color?
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