Bioluminescence in Vieques

What is bioluminescence?

Bioluminescence is a chemical reaction in an organism, triggered by motion. It is the main source of light in the natural marine environment, especially the deep sea.

For us humans the most common organisms emitting bioluminescence we observe are dinoflagellates - in Vieques of the 'Pyrodinum bahamenses' kind :). On the surface of the ocean bioluminescence can only be observed at night and with minimal light pollution. That's why it is a good idea to check the moon schedule, if you plan to experience the biolumiscent bays in Vieques!!

Vieques has one of the brightest occurrences of bioluminescence in the Caribbean. Make sure you do not miss the mixing of luciferin and luciferase :) Better yet, jump in the water and get them going!

THE place to look more into chemicals, light emitting strength and duration, wavelength of the light and which organisms do what go to The Bioluminescent Page

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