PC: Tiff “Estefanía” Hochstein
The above picture is from the beautiful sunset we all saw when we went kayaking Saturday, April 9th. The tiny little specks coming off the land in the back are actually palm tress (which will be one of the many things that I will miss as our time here has almost come to an end), the sky was painted with beautiful pink and blue stripes, and the moon (that tiny little speck in the top of the picture) was starting to come out. When the sun completely set, and the stars shining bright, it was time for the biobay!!!
The biobay, AKA bioluminescent bay, is one of the many things that Puerto Rico is known for. I think the first time I heard about the biobay I was reading an article captioned “10 things you must see before you die.” All of us were very excited to see the biobay, but some of us were definitely a little wearisome about the trek out there. Our kayak adventure was about 3 miles round-trip through a tunnel carved out by the branches of the trees. I think some people’s arms were a little sore the next day, myself included. On the way back, the tunnel was completely pitch-black and silent expect for the train of kayakers, which was actually really creepy, but we all live to tell the tale.
Now lets get back to the dinoflagellates- the organisms that make the water glow. When the sun was set and we were out in the open water without any lights except for the moon and stars, our tour guides hooked all our kayaks together and gave us a tarp to throw over our heads to make it even darker. If you stuck your hand and leg in the water and moved it around, it looked like green glitter had just been dumped in the bay. This was definitely different than the pictures that I saw in my “10 things you must see before you die” article, which showed people lighting up the water with the wake of their kayaks, but at least we saw something! I guess in years past the bay has been better lit, but due to the huge drought that Puerto Rico experienced last year, the dinoflagellates died off and therefore we didn’t see the bay at its best.
Either way, if someone was to come to PR and enjoys kayaking, I would recommend doing the biobay. I think we had a good time as a group and we all made some more memories to add to our PR adventure. And for a live update: we are all having a mac-n-cheese/family dinner competition/sampling so I must go and I hope everyone likes my cookies!!! ¡adiós! -Chrissy