Bioluminescence of Jervis Bay


Wes Schulstad

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"The most beautiful thing we can experience is the mysterious. It is the source of all true art and all science.” Albert Einstein Here, on the Night Shores of Jervis Bay a rare natural wonder occurs on a few nights of some years. Neither an animal nor a plant, Noctiluca Scintillans is a dinoflagellate; a single-celled micro-organism barely visible to the daylight naked eye - however in dark skies and perfect conditions, blue magic occurs. There are only a few locations around the globe where people have been able to catch glimpses of this rare light show, and here on the South Coast of NSW we are most fortunate to be a part of the spectacle. This is the second year that I’ve been in privileged to witness and also capture Bio-luminescence on the shores of Jervis Bay, the first was by accident 2 years ago … and preparation was minimal including the correct camera settings to use. I have searched the shoreline ever since. On this most recent occasion in early August 2018 however I had time to find the best shooting location away from car and street lights - and the time was right to make a full panorama of the beach as small waves and a turning tide stirred up the action.

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