It’s not uncommon for those of us who live near the water to take our vessels out after the sun goes down. The world of the lakes, bayous, and bays takes on a different vibe after the sun goes down. Not only is it much cooler to be out but there are more creatures out too.
Dolphins are no strangers to the waters in and around the Gulf South. From time to time we see them in some of the strangest places. There’s even a pink dolphin that appears to make regular visits to the Lake Charles area from time to time.
But the dolphin in this story is unique. How many times in your life have you seen a glowing blue dolphin? I am guessing you can count that on just one hand. For most of us, no fingers would even be involved.
The video which was shot by Justin Buzzi of Port St. Lucie Florida captures the image of the glowing mammal as it was swimming in the waters near Merrit Island National Wildlife Refuge. The video was shot at about 11 p.m.
Now, in case you’re wondering, dolphins as a rule do not glow blue as a species. However, when the animals come in contact with microbes known as phytoplankton they, the microscopic creatures, emit a bioluminescent light. Hence, we get the blue glow effect around the swimming dolphin.
So, if you happen to head down to the water’s edge over the Labor Day Weekend at night, cast your eyes out into the water. You just might catch a faint glimpse of a fading blue glow. It could be dolphins and bioluminescent phytoplankton, or you could be swimming too close to a refinery, we’ll let you make the call on that one.
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