This is the second video of the series about my recent trip to Puerto Rico. Trying to capture the bioluminescence at Bahía Mosquito in the island of Vieques was like trying to take a picture of ghosts. It was a miracle that I was able to capture a fainted shadow of blue in video clips with my Canon S90 that does not give me much control over speed and aperture. The still images came out lighter. I was in the water kicking like a maniac in the attempt to produce enough light that the camera could register.

Later somebody told me that a photographer went there with tons of rolls of film, shook the water for 20 minutes and then pushed them in the darkroom in order to get an image. He also added that all the postcards on sale that I had seen have been digitally manipulated.

Bahía Mosquito is supposed to have one of the highest concentrations of dynoflagellates in the world. It was truly amazing to be able to paddle and swim in that water and watch my arms filled with golden sparks and see fish leaving contrails when they swam their fins off to get away from the kayak.

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