Glowing Gulf Organism
Name: Emily D.
Date: August 2002
We were in Florida in the Gulf of Mexico. What makes the
water glow when you run your hand through it only in some places?
Emily, there are some one-celled organisms that live in the oceans, that can
give off a dim bit of light. If the conditions are right, they can multiply
to where there are enough of them in one area that you can see the light they
give off. You are seeing the light given off by _millions_ of TINY organisms.
It is odd to think of organisms giving off light, but it is not as
you might think. Right now, I have got a ton of fireflies glowing in my
Paul Mahoney, PhD
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