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 (Personal Flotation Device), and glow sticks (one on front and one on back of your kayak) are required. Headlamps and mosquito spray are suggested. You may also want to bring water or another favorite beverage. :-)
- NOTE -
Please be on time and
DO NOT LAUNCH UNTIL WE HAVE A SAFETY BRIEFING.
As with all outdoor activities there are some risks and dangers involved. We will hold a short safety briefing concerning this area and how to stay safe as a group.
*We will always stay together as a group when paddling.
*Wear your PFD (personal flotation device) with accessible whistle at all times. USE your whistle if capsized or having trouble. This will alert the rest of the group to stop and help.
*Stay out of the channel as much as possible. Motorized vessels have a hard time seeing small yaks at night, and they have the right of way. Plus the fish activity is greater along the shallow edges.
* This is open water in some areas. The seas can get rough at times, so we ask that no yaks under 10' be used.
* Please do not enter the water or leave the premises without notification to the event organizer. There will be a head count before and after the event.
*Everyone's cooperation and participation is required to have a safe and enjoyable experience.