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What happens when lightening hits sea water?

Last night, while sailing south along the east African coast, far out to sea, we ran through some strong localized weather. Finally, I was able to get some night images of lightning strikes on the ocean. What happens to the ocean around the strike? Look close at the circular area on the sea surface surrounding the strike: I am not sure if that pool on the water at the base of the bolt is a reflection or a smoothing/vaporizing of the water by the lightning bolt. That water does appear much different than the rest of the sea surface. Amazing though, we have been through so many intense lightning frights around the world but this boat is not, so far, attractive to lightning bolts..... and some cruising boats have been hit two and three times by lightning.
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