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    Re: Glowing Sea Surface
    From: Jared Sherman
    Date: 2003 Nov 10, 09:38 -0500

    Trevor, there are many phosphorescent creatures in sea water. I've gone scuba 
    diving on a moonless night and we played like wizards in Fantasia throwing 
    fireballs as we moved when the dive lights were off.
    
    But in answer to your direct question as to whether sea water itself emits 
    light...The general answer we learned in oceanography is "no". Seawater does 
    not glow at all, by itself. From physics and chemistry you can learn that 
    there is some tritium in all water, and tritium does glow, but if you could 
    never see that emission in normal seawater.
    
    All you will see are the critters glowing, as they do when they are disturbed 
    in any way. From "sparks" to "worms" and "blobs", but all critters, never the 
    water itself.
    
    
    

       
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