Bioluminescent algae - and crazy hypothesis?
I've been tempted to throw this out there for some time now..
When I was somewhere around the age of 10, I was enjoying a Christmas at my aunt and uncle's on Merrit Island. About in the eighties. By this time in my life, I was obsessed, and I mean obsessed with fishing. My Dad lived on Boca Ciega Bay in St Pete and whenever I was with him, and not in school, I quite literally fished sun up till bedtime, every single day I was there. For most of my youth. I shared an intimate connection with that bay.
Well, that night on the other coast, near Christmas when I was about 10, on the Indian/Banana River (not sure of which), I was fishing out back, on my aunt and uncles dock. And it was the first time in my life I witnessed bioluminesent algae. I was throwing a net, catching fish and it was obvious. There was a glow in the water wherever disturbed. But bc I had never seen it before, it startled me. I rushed inside to proclaim my discovery to all of the adults.
No one would listen to me! Everyone was drinking and having a merry old time and I guess they thought I was seeing things or being an imaginative kid. So I found an empty bottle, filled it up, and took it to the bathroom. I closed the door and turned off the light. I shook it up and low and behold, it glowed. I grabbed the first adult I could find and pulled them into the bathroom. Now, I had their attention. No one had an idea what it was. Or if it was normal. There was talk of whether it was radioactive or from NASA lol.
Fast forward a few decades.
Long after this incident, and well into my highschool years, I never saw that again. Not in Tampa Bay. Never. I moved away for several years and I didn't fish like I used to. When I moved back, not sure when exactly, but I began to see the same thing in Tampa. Maybe 15 years ago, it became a norm. Not a persistent event throughout the year, but now, not uncommon at all. Doesn't surprise me at all when I see it now.
So a few questions:
Anyone in the Tampa Bay are remember bioluminescence over 2 decades ago?
And now here's my real concern..
Witnessing a collapse in MINWR, was this bioluminescence perhaps an indicator? A canary in the coal mine. And, will Tampa Bay soon suffer the same result. I know it's anecdotal, and that is, perhaps, why I've been reluctant to suggest it. But I was talking to a Marine Biologist friend of mine about it recently and he suggested certain dinoflaggelates and that they absolutely can be harmful.
Curious to hear opinions.