Photo detail

People take a guided adventure featuring the natural phenomenon on the Salish Sea near Bellingham Bay, Wash. The Salish Sea is prime territory to see microscopic plankton or dinoflagellates emit light, a chemical reaction that serves as their defense mechanism when disturbed.

Stories this photo appears in:

Plankton offer light shows

BELLINGHAM BAY, Wash. (AP) — Long summer evenings make for great post-dinner strolls in broad daylight, but they’re hell if you want to watch Puget Sound and the Salish Sea glow and glitter. For that, you need pitch darkness. You need to wait hours after sunset.

August 31, 2013 1:47 p.m. read more..


Use the comment form below to begin a discussion about this content.

Sign in to comment


Information from The Chronicle and our advertisers (Want to add your business to this to this feed?)