Invasion of the Dinoflagellates
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Onboard Sérénité, Annapolis, Maryland, United States, North America
Latitude
38.96810000
Longitude
-76.47470000
Altitude
0.25 m
 

38.968334015544, -76.474603576989

Answered nature's call this morning before sunrise and got a surprise when I flushed - the water glowed! Marine heads flush into holding tanks using water from the ocean, or in my case the Chesapeake Bay. When I pumped the handle the water entering the bowl lit up like a christmas tree. I tried to photograph my glowing bowl, but alas the glow was to faint to be recorded by my camera. After doing a little research I discovered the culprit was the bioluminescent microorganism Noctiluca (latin "Night Light") native to our waters.