Thursday, October 18, 2012

Water Fire

If you walk, bike, or drive down Lighthouse Road you may notice one street sign with a peculiar name..."Water Fired  Rd." And you may have wondered where that name came from.

In warm weather microscopic phosphorescent plankton will often light up the water at night with thousands of sparkly pin points of light. This is especially noticeable when an oar, a hand, or a school of fish passes through the water. On Ocracoke this phenomenon is called "water fire."

Local fishermen have traditionally associated the appearance of water fire with poor fishing, hence the expression, "Last night the water fired. No fish today."

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1 comment:

  1. One of the most amazingly beautiful things to see. I enjoyed reading!