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  1. #1 Water that flashes fluresant green! Explain? 
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    I was sitting late at night on this jetty by a lake when i saw bright tiny white speckles in the water. I went to touch one of the speckles and found that as the water moved and rippled it glowed fluro green for a slight second and then returned to normal. We played with the water for about an hour and found anything that broke the surface of the water would make it make it flash green. We also found that the tiny bright white speckles could be picked up with the water but they would also flash on and off. I took some water home in a bottle but it didn't glow.

    Could somebody please explain why the water was glowing green every time something made a splash? I am not making this up and am very surprised by this phenomenon.


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    There are many aquatic microorganisms that have the ability to bioluminesce. Many will luminesce when they are disturbed. They do this because disturbance is usually caused by some kind of predator, and the luminescence can either scare off or surprise the predator, or the lights may attract an even bigger predator that will chow down on the one that is bothering the microorganisms.


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    Thanks for they reply, now that i think about it thats probally what it was. Alotough their must have been extreme amount of them cos the effect was seen in the water on boths sides of a ten metre jetty!
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