Bioluminescent Kayaking in Florida
Those who have a fondness for the kayaking sport should not miss the spectacle at the Indian River Lagoon in Florida for a spectacular bioluminescent show which is a one-of-a-kind experience for kayakers. During the early fall months from June through Septembers, the Indian River Lagoon experiences a natural phenomenon when the river lights up with luminous organisms. If you visit the National Wildlife Refuge in Meritt Island and go kayaking in the India River Lagoon, you will get the chance to see luminous organisms in the lagoon.
When chemical reaction happens within the bodies of tiny living organisms, light is emitted and this is called bioluminescence. The best time to experience this is when the night skies are really dark. You will witness stunning aquatic light shows when the night is really dark. You can also witness this bioluminescence as you paddle your way around. Your paddle will resemble a paintbrush with the water as your canvas. Stroking the paddle on the water creates streaks of blue green neon light and send glittery droplets up into the air.
Perhaps you want to know what kinds of creatures produce these lights. Dinoflagellates are the sea creatures which produces these amazing lights. They live in the water and they are light-emitting one-celled creatures. The Indian River Lagoon is full of these creatures from early June through early October. When they create cold light within themselves, these creatures resemble fireflies. The things in the water get illuminated by these creatures like tiny fish, water droplets, sea grass, and when you put your hand beneath the water, it gets illuminated too. People experiencing this phenomenon are awestruck. Words cannot describe the experience. It is something that you have to experience.
From mid-October through May, you will experience another bioluminescent show in the Indian River Lagoon. The light show this time does not come from the dinoflagellates but from the gelatinous comb jellies. You might think that comb jellies are jelly fish but they are a totally different kind of sea creature. Bioluminescence or light refraction are the ways that these comb jellies give out colored lights. These jellies emit blue-green light when they are disturbed through bioluminescence and when their cilia is in motion, the light is refracted by this movement. Cilia are like paddles that help the comb jelly to move, and when cilia moves, light is scattered. A pulsing, rainbow-like pattern is created by this movement. These two light shows from the dinoflagellates and from the comb jellies are similar to each other. The light shows may be the same, but the experience is distinct.
Bioluminescent kayaking is best experienced when the moon is not clearly visible of the darkest night of the month. The moon is dark during the new moon which you can know through a lunar calendar; this is the best time to go bioluminescent kayaking.