This morning before dawn in VB on the beaches north of Cavalier, I was walking my dog when it was still dark. He was running acting all crazy and I thought I saw the sand he was kicking up catching the boardwalk light from the south, but it wasn't like just regular light. When he ran closer towards me it was like I was seeing little pressure-activated lights that were firing when his feet hit the ground, glowing green and then fading. I look down and started stomping the sand with my feet and sure enough...every time I stomped it was like a glowing green spark in the sand, and then it faded away. Took my hands and fingers and dragged them across the sand in patterns and it's leaving this green glowing trail, writing my name and what-not. Then I ran about 20 yards really fast stomping my feet, turn around and there's a green glowing trail of my footprints slowly fading.
This was probably mid-tide and was all in the sand below the high tideline but above where the water was breaking and falling back to sea. But where the little knee-highs were breaking in the water, where the water crashed down into itself, it was like little green explosions in the water.
I've seen witchwood and glowing moss and stuff like that before but I'd never seen anything like this in the sea. I'm guessing it was some kind of glowing plankton or algae, which I've heard of but I didn't realize it was around here. Anybody ever experience this before?
back in the 70's my roommate's cousin, a SEAL, took us out scuba diving at night. we went out from the beach at Ocean View section of Norfolk. he had us take sand from the bottom and throw it against our masks for a cosmic light show.
ok little chirren, don't read this next part, adults only.
we were tripping out hard when we went, so maybe it was just us.
It's bioluminescence from a high concentration of dinoflagellates (plankton type creatures) in the water. We're having a bit of a red tide in spots along VA Bch. I've been seeing it the past couple days.
I saw it during late summers in So. Calif. when I was a kid. But it was a lot more intense. At night, the breakers would light up with a greenish light like lightning within thunder clouds. Boat wakes would light up from the churning of all these little creatures. The water would be reddish-orange to almost maroon in color, very salty and burn your eyes.