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    JEK is offline
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    Question Mosquito Bay goes dark

    Puerto Rico probes darkening of bioluminescent bay in Vieques

    Published April 09, 2014Associated Press

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    SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico Authorities in Puerto Rico are investigating why a glowing bay that attracts thousands of tourists a year has been growing dark in recent weeks.
    The popular Mosquito Bay in the sister island of Vieques is considered one of Puerto Rico's main attractions, and government officials say they are worried about the bay's loss of bioluminescence.
    Department of Natural Resources Secretary Carmen Guerrero said Wednesday that she is contacting local and international scientists to launch an investigation.
    The bay's waters glow thanks to microscopic plankton known as dinoflagellates that emit light through a chemical reaction when disturbed. The bay last grew dark in early January because of rough seas, but Guerrero said it is unclear why the glow has diminished again in recent weeks.
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    That is sad, we were lucky to visit it via kayak a few years ago. Amazing to watch the fish swim by and see the light when you rowed. Hope they can figure it out.

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