Bioluminescent Paddle

  • September 7, 2013 · 7:30 PM
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Back by popular demand.

Bioluminescence is a form of luminescence, or "cold light" emission by living organisms. Bioluminescence is a form of chemiluminescence where light energy is released by a chemical reaction. Fireflies, anglerfish, and other creatures produce the chemicals luciferin (a pigment) and luciferase (an enzyme). The luciferin reacts with oxygen to create light. The luciferase acts as a catalyst to speed up the reaction, which is sometimes mediated by cofactors such as calcium ions or ATP.

In the warm summer months parts of Florida's intercostal waterways, including the Indian River Lagoon begin to experience this Bioluminescence wonder. Any movement in the water produces light! A swirl of your paddle or a school of bait fish darting past often put on an amazing underwater light show.

We will meet at 7:30 and be on the water by 8:00 pm.  The event typically lasts around 2 -3 hrs.

A whistle, PFD, and glow sticks (one on front and one on back of your kayak) are required. Headlamps are suggested.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The paddling was amazing...and since I got to eat at the outside bar Imet some of the very entertaining locals too ;) Lobster roll and fried green tomatoes were very tasty too

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Kay

    Fabulous !!! What an amazing show :)

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Charlie H.

    This was a classic paddle. Definitely within the top 5 of all paddles I have ever done. Absolutely spectacular.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Kimberly M.

    One of the best paddles I have attended. Great time!

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing. Felt like a lucky girl.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • sarah b

    Stunning. Breathtaking.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • Kristina

    Absolutely one of those experiences you shouldn't miss. I think that not being able to photograph them makes the experience even more alluring.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • amy

    Awesome, amazing, incredible experience. Glad I got to share this with such a wonderful group of individuals.

    1 · September 8, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Amazing! Thanks for welcoming me to the Group!

    1 · September 8, 2013

    • amy

      It was nice meeting you. Look forward to paddling with you again.

      September 8, 2013

  • Kimberly M.

    Wonderful experience!! Great people! :-)

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • Anne X.

    Awesome paddle
    Thanks!

    2 · September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry that I have to cancel, I decided to come down with the flu this weekend.

    September 7, 2013

    • Danno

      That darn flu seems to be going around. get well soon

      September 7, 2013

  • Jim

    I won't be able to make it this time. Have a memorial to go to for a friend's mom. Next time.

    September 4, 2013

    • Danno

      Jim Thanks for letting us know

      September 7, 2013

  • SunAnnie

    Sorry. Scuba diving classes scheduled!

    September 4, 2013

    • Danno

      ok Thanks for letting us know SunAnnie

      September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry I'm sick can't go

    September 6, 2013

    • Danno

      Thanks for letting us know. Get well soon.

      September 7, 2013

  • Moira O

    I can't believe I have to do this, but I've just been slammed with bronchitis and a sinus infection, so I have to cancel. Some lucky person on the waiting list will get to go now. But PLEASE, PLEASE, PLEASE schedule another one of these in an upcoming weekend!!!!!!! Ugh - this one kills me to cancel.

    September 7, 2013

    • Danno

      Thanks Moira for letting us know. Hope you feel better soon.

      September 7, 2013

  • Danno

    For Saturday Nights paddle, I will be bringing Kayaks for - Dale 1. Kathleen 1. Rachael D. 1. Adriana 1. and Ann 1. If I have missed anyone, or if you will not be needing one for Saturday....Please let me know now. Thanks Danno :-)

    September 5, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Danno, I wont be able to make it. Thank you. I'm recovering from a cough and from last night's weather.. I don't think I will risk a relapse. Have fun!

      September 7, 2013

    • Danno

      Thanks Adriana.. Hope you feel better soon.

      September 7, 2013

  • Danno

    The weather cleared up nicely last night and was extremely peaceful on the river, however there was very little bio activity at that location. I have changed tonights paddle to a location that we are sure the bio is active. Please see above address and join us for dinner at 5:00 before hand at the same spot. Thanks and see ya at the River.....Danno :-)

    September 7, 2013

  • Sam G.

    We now have Dale (1), Kathleen (1) and Ann (1) who need rental kayaks - anyone else?

    September 4, 2013

    • Anne X.

      Sam

      September 7, 2013

    • Anne X.

      Sam I am bringing my paddle and pfd just need yak

      September 7, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sam please Call me[masked] like to talk to about the savings event thanks

    September 6, 2013

  • Mauri

    Can't paddle..sprained shoulder. .. have fun post picts!!!

    September 5, 2013

  • Mauri

    Sam. Can you email me your phone number? I need to talk to you this eveninThanks!

    September 5, 2013

  • Rachael D.

    Hi Sam, If you still have a kayak for rent, I'll take it -- so much easier than hauling my own :-)

    September 4, 2013

    • Sam G.

      Rachael, between Dano and myself we should have a kayak for you.

      September 5, 2013

    • Rachael D.

      Great. I'll plan on just bringing myself then :-) What's the rental fee?

      September 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I contacted Danno about a rental for Sat. night and he said he had one for me. Not sure if you are combining your lists?

    September 4, 2013

  • Sam G.

    I need a list of everyone who needs to rent a kayak.
    So far for Saturday night I have Kathleen (1) and Ann (1).

    September 4, 2013

  • Sam G.

    I have started moving people who have not paid their annual due to the waiting list. Only paid members ($10.00 / year) are allowed to participate in Slacker activities.

    September 2, 2013

    • Sharon

      I think I am paid up. Did via PayPal some time ago but since I am now on wait list wondering if that is what your records show

      September 4, 2013

  • Danno

    I have opened up some more slots for paid members allowing those who were on the waitlist longest first position. If you are on the GOING list OR the WAITLIST and can Not make it PLEASE change your RSVP to NOT GOING so others on the list have the opportunity to attend. Thank You.... Danno :-)

    September 3, 2013

    • Sharon

      I thought I was confirmed. Will you let me know? Definitely planning on being there Saturday night.

      September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    How do I pay Sam? Also I am very interested in camping and possibly renting a kayak.

    September 1, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Count me in on a rental

      September 3, 2013

    • Danno

      will do Kathleen

      September 4, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi Danno Thanks for organizing this event. I've been several times and it is always awesome. Take me off wait list as I have sold the fishing kayak and am looking at a touring yak as soon as I can figure out which one. I've been cleaning out the garage as I have my home for sale. Sorry it took so long to reply, I've been out of town. Randy

    September 3, 2013

    • Danno

      OK Thanks Randy and good luck. :-)

      September 3, 2013

  • Moira O

    Hey, Sam. I can't tell anymore. Did I make the list or am I still on the waiting list? Thanks, Moira

    September 2, 2013

    • Danno

      Moira ...You are attending. See you there

      September 2, 2013

  • Judith

    I"m on the Friday night wait list also. Either night will work. Would it be possible for my husband to come?

    September 1, 2013

    • Danno

      Judith. You and you husband are now on the GOING list. See ya there.

      September 2, 2013

  • Sam G.

    Since we have such a long waiting list, please be sure to remove yourself from the "attending" or "waiting" if you cannot attend so that we can move up people who can attend to the "attending" list.
    Thanks
    Sam

    September 2, 2013

  • Victoria P

    Sorry folks, maybe next time.just moved, then out of town..need some downtime..thanks Danno for organizing this cool event!

    September 2, 2013

  • Sam G.

    I'm in Montana at the moment but when I get back I will work on a group campsite at Manatee Hammock

    2 · July 2, 2013

    • Kristina

      Thanks sam

      July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Sounds great. Sam I need to pay you. Please let me know how!

      September 1, 2013

  • Cedomir D.

    Hi Danno,
    I was on a waiting list and I was told I could do Friday. Since you have such a big waiting list for Saturday perhaps is best if I move to Friday and you accommodate someone else on Saturday. Looking forward for this one!!

    September 1, 2013

  • Danno

    NOTICE - If you have Not paid your annual membership dues, please do so now or you will be moved to the waitlist to make room for paid members to attend. If you have paid and do not see a "SLACKER 13" under your name please contact Sam. Otherwise you will need to pay to attend our events. Thank You and we look forward to seeing everyone on the water. :-)

    September 1, 2013

  • Cedomir D.

    Hi Dano,
    I am little confused (it don't take much), when RSVP it said 37 attending and 3 spots available, further down there was a list of 47 people waiting... am I in?

    August 31, 2013

    • Danno

      Yes.. You are in.

      September 1, 2013

  • Joanne L.

    Ruptured disc, so no paddling. :(

    August 28, 2013

  • Kimberly M.

    Missed the Merritt Island bio paddle tonight (8/10) due to being held up for 40 minutes by an accident on 417. I couldn't have missed the group by more than 15 minutes. So...let me try again and hope a spot opens up. :-)

    August 10, 2013

  • Angie

    I'll need 2 kayaks

    August 7, 2013

  • Danno

    • A link for Manatee Hammock Campgrounds. US-1 Titusville.
    A clean little campground located central to many area points of interest. http://www.brevardcounty.us/ParksRecreation/Campgrounds/ManateeHammock/Home

    • A link for some area Hotels in Titusville. https://maps.google.com/maps?ie=UTF-8&q=hotels+titusville+fl&fb=1&gl=us&hq=hotels&hnear=0x88e74cd2b8345827:0xa32c05cae813a18e,Titusville,+FL&ei=eE7TUaHqC5Hi9gSp44GoCg&sqi=2&ved=0COEBEMgT

    I've heard good reviews from others who stayed at the Days Inn, and the Quality inn on the corner of I-95 and SR 50

    July 2, 2013

  • Danno

    I will post some info on hotels and camping in the area when I get a chance. There are plenty of good places to stay, even if we have to set up tents on my property. :-)

    July 2, 2013

  • Kristina

    Danno
    What do you recommend for staying the night for this event?

    July 1, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh please! Do another trip!!

    June 20, 2013

  • Danno

    Yes.. We will be posting more trips as the season approaches. I like to be sure the bio is active if at all possible before posting trips. We will accommodate as many as possible to attend. Thank You :-)

    June 20, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    With a wait list this long, I recommend that we set severally more dates for such a trip. The "season" lasted until late October last year.

    June 20, 2013

  • Kristina

    I would like to camp and spend the weekend if possible. Camping or hotel. I have always wanted to experience this. Thanks for posting :)

    June 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Oh, I'll make the drive, and I'm a camping fan!

    June 5, 2013

  • David B

    Book'em Danno!

    1 · June 5, 2013

  • Danno

    As the bioluminescent season approaches (Typically starting in August) I will attempt to get out and locate some. When I find good activity we will post more events. I know many travel a good distance to see this, and i try hard to make it worth the trip. However rains, storms, etc are a factor that time of year on the bio activity. The luminescent is not directly relative to the moon phase, but it is much easier to see when its dark out, ie: around a New Moon.
    Sam has suggested making a weekend camping, beach, paddle etc.. for those who travel a distance to see this great phenomena. We do have some local campgrounds and motels that are reasonable. I will post info concerning these as the time approaches. Thank You and we will attempt to open this and other meets to accommodate as many of our wonderful SLACKERS as possible. Have a blessed Day :-Danno

    1 · June 5, 2013

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