31 Oct '16, 10am

5 facts about Vieques' bioluminescent Mosquito Bay

5 facts about Vieques' bioluminescent Mosquito Bay

From Japan to Mexico, there are numerous marine ecosystems around the world that boast high levels of bioluminescence. One of the most famous, Mosquito Bay, is found on the Caribbean island of Vieques, just off the coast of Puerto Rico. In this little body of water lives Pyrodinium bahamense , a dinoflagellate that glows a greenish-blue when agitated. The best way to enjoy the beauty of Mosquito Bay is to book a starlit kayak trip. Here are a few things to know before you go! 1. It's the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world If "visit a bioluminescent bay" is on your bucket list, then look no further. Mosquito Bay is, without question, the brightest and most reliable example of this phenomenon in the world. It's important to point out that Mosquito Bay is touted as the brightest not because Pyrodinium bahamense is a physiologically brighter species than any other biolu...

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