From: Kim Marshall-Tilas (
Date: Sun Dec 24 2000 - 09:24:33 EST

Reply: Dear Dwight,
The green glowing stuff in the water seen in the wake of ships is
called bioluminescence and is actually a type of plankton that glows
when there is a lot of friction like the movement of a boat. You can
also see it on beaches at night when the waves break.
Happy holidays!

>kim, what is the green glowing stuff in the ocean that is seen in
>the wake of ships?

Kim Marshall-Tilas
Senior Director
Ocean Alliance/Whale Conservation Institute
191 Weston Road, Lincoln, MA  01773
781.259.0423 or fax 259.0288

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