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Seafarers have long spun tales about times when the sea around them glowed with a pale light in every direction as far as the eye could sea. Jules Verne even made note of the phenomenon in 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea, but it is such a rare occurrence that most believed them to be fish stories … until recently.

In 1995 a satellite captured images of the an area in the Indian Ocean giving off a strange luminescence for 3 contiguous nights. No one knows the cause of the spectral emissions of yet, and theories abound, but now it’s certain that such a thing is happening.

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