Jump to content
Cruise Critic Community
jmadams

any bioluminescent sea creatures sighted

Recommended Posts

Has anyone ever been able to see any bioluminescent  sea critters (jellyfish, algae)?   Would the lights from the ship prevent us from seeing anything? 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yes, once.  Do not know what type of sea creature(s) it was, but there was a faint glow that was visible.  This was in the Pacific Ocean in tropical waters.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

One thing you have to realize.  It is hard to notice anything as the ship is moving along.  Whales might be on the surface sometimes, but the seas are typically rough enough to make seeing them difficult unless they jump or are blowing out their blowholes.  Someone might see it and yell, but the chance that you will even pick it out at a distance is not great if you are not looking in exactly the right spot.  Seeing some bioluminescent creature as you are moving is not terribly likely, and how much time are you going to be looking straight down? These creatures tend to be in deeper water.  I don't put jellyfish in that category, and they are sometimes visible in ports.  If you have a veranda near the bow, there is some chance that you might see some dolphins jumping alongside the ship, and sometimes if you look down you might see a hammerhead shark alongside the ship.  I have seen flying fish alongside on several occasions. 

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Unfortunately ship lights can obscure a lot of bioluminescence but also your eyes need to adjust to be able to see bioluminescence and again the ship lights stop this from happening. Unless you get lucky and hit a big mass of Noctiluca Scintillans chances are you won't be able to spot much from the ship, not to mention most bioluminescenent creatures live deep in the ocean and rarely come to the surface.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now

  • Forum Jump
    • Categories
      • SAIL-AWAY GIVEAWAY - Enter for a chance to win a $3,000 Norwegian Cruise Line Gift Card
      • Forum Assistance
      • New Cruisers
      • Cruise Lines “A – O”
      • Cruise Lines “P – Z”
      • River Cruising
      • ROLL CALLS
      • Digital Photography & Cruise Technology
      • Member Cruise Reviews
      • Special Interest Cruising
      • Cruise Discussion Topics
      • UK Cruising
      • Australia & New Zealand Cruisers
      • North American Homeports
      • Ports of Call
      • Cruise Conversations
×
×
  • Create New...