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Sunday, October 19, 2003
I saw it! Finally, I saw it! The bioluminescence of the red tide at night. I realize now that I had actually seen it a couple times recently when I had checked out the ocean at night. I just hadn't recognized it. But tonight it was a little stronger. As the waves broke, the white water would glow a lurid pale green for a moment, then quickly fade to dingy white. It looked as if someone had flashed headlights on the whitewash for a moment, and I guess that's how I had been interpreting it -- as if the waves were catching the moonlight just as they crested and broke. In fact, that was an illusion, and it was the red tide, sparking under the agitation, which turned the whitewater a subtle, ghostly green.