No Red Light Districts in the Pacific, Thank Goodness

While residing at the Campanario Biological Reserve, the creator of, myself, and  our friends decided to go for a twilight dip in the Pacific. As we approached the crashing waves, I immediately realized why I had never appreciated the sidereal beauty of the night in suburbia; damn you, light pollution. After haphazardly walking through the crashing waves, we were confronted with  another beauty of Mother Nature: bioluminscent dinoflagellates! These dinoflagellates, perhaps Gonyaulax polyedra, were much more tolerable than Lingulodium polyedra, which are responsible for red tides, and squander a surfer’s happiness (I hate you Lingulodium polyedra).

Ironically enough, that same day, I had read an excerpt from The Handbook of Neurobiology: Biological Rhythms describing the circadian rhythm of mitosis, photosynthesis, luminescence, and glow in Gonyaulax polyedra . Below is a picture from the study published by Mitch Hastings, the current recipient of Ashoff’s Ruler given by the Society of Research on Biological Rhythms.

From: A persistent diurnal rhythm of luminescence in Gonyaulax Polyedra (Biol Bull 115: 440-458; 1958);



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