Thursday, January 22, 2009
Bioluminescence is a form of natural light created by living organisms converting internal chemical energy into light. Some examples are fireflies, squid, mushroom and the microscopic organism dinoflagellate that lives in bodies of water. Whenever there is movement in the water this organism will light up sending a cloud of bright blue-green light billowing and undulating, until it eventually diffuses back into the dark stillness. Like the aurora borealis it is extremely beautiful, organic and mystifying. There is such mystery in the natural world that science and art simply can't compete with it. they are bowls of yesterdays porridge in comparison.
One example of this natural phenomena is known as the Milky Sea, and what is exciting about it is that it wasn't scientifically explained until 2005 and was only believed to be old navy folklore up until then. It had been referenced in several stories and documents throughout the last two centuries and was described in Jules Verne's 1915 book 20,000 Leagues Under The Sea as “A Large extent of white wavelets often to be seen on the coasts of Ambouna, and in these parts of the sea…. the whiteness which surprises you is caused by the presence of myriads of infusoria, a sort of luminous little worm."