March 30, 2011
Up just after sun rise this morning for an early start over to Little Harbor in the southern Abacos. After motoring around the arm of island extending southwest of Eluthra, we kept the motor running and hoisted all the sails. We were flying! The boat hit 9knts a few times. Slowly we found ourselves catching up to all the boats that had left the marina earlier in the morning. As we passed up the last boat, “Goosebumps”, we heard her captain on the radio:
“Wow, a boat just passed me up will all their sails up!”
Night brought the most spectacular discovery. The harbor is filled with tiny bioluminescent microbes. They light up the water in a dazzling dance of bright green flashes, making it seem as though the stars had fallen straight into the sea. But the light show is not only on the sea. In the sand lay tiny creatures that released an electric blue luminescent goo. The lit up pinpricks in the sand where our feet had disturbed them. Kris and I were able to pick a few of these little creatures up. They were egg-like in shape, with a hard, clear outer shell, small flagella around their “mouths” for movement, and minuscule black eye spots. They where fascinating, and much more vibrant than their sea going cousins. Stars above, and stars below. Who needs the lights of Vegas, New York, or even Paris with these sea fireflies around?