Have you been fortunate enough to witness a sparkling blue light in Salish Sea waters? Perhaps a trail of glitter behind your boat? A mini explosion of light as you toss a stone into the bay? Bioluminescent plankton are microscopic organisms that give off light when disturbed. Scientists are now finding all kinds of marine life with the same talent – sparkling and glowing in their underwater world. Padilla Bay educator, Chandler Colahan, will share her love and knowledge of these glow-in-the-dark neighbors.
Chandler Colahan is the education specialist at Padilla Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Bayview, WA. She has been an environmental and marine educator for more than twenty years. Chandler has a BA degree in Ocean Science, Education, and Creative Expression from Western Washington University, Fairhaven College. She also spent many years researching plankton and jellyfish at Shannon Point Marine Center. When she is not exploring the mudflats with students, you can often find Chandler exploring the waters of the Salish Sea looking for wildlife.
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