Gippsland Lakes, The Lakes with glowing water

Gippsland, a beautiful rural block in southeast of Victoria, Australia is famous for many beautiful  and Breathtaking places and tourist attractions but most amazing of them is Gippsland Lake System having a Unique biological Phenomenon and at night the water has been given the blue glow because of this phenomenon.

About Gippsland Lakes:
Gippsland Lakes are a Lakes system having three magnificent lakes, some marshes and lagoons in
Victoria. Wellington, King and Victoria are the largest lakes of the system taking water by many
rivers. Its beach is called as Ninety Mile Beach because its about ninety miles. There are many small
Islands in the Lakes, one of them is Rotamah Island that is famous for amazingly beautiful variety of
birds. The Lakes are a relaxing and peaceful place for camping.

What happened with Lakes:


These mysterious glowing lights from the sea water were first noticed at the end of 2006 after a large area of alpine forest got fire leaving nitrogen-rich ash and dust behind. Within a couple of months after this bush-fire, more than a 100 millimeters of rainfall occurred on several parts of Gippsland and as a result all the nitrogen-rich nutrients flushed into the Gippsland Lakes. Due to this whole process, the Lakes experienced Bioluminescence.


What is Bioluminescence:

Bioluminescence is a rare phenomenon, in which a living organism “hybrid word” emits and produces light from its body in a result of a chemical reaction. These organisms produce two different chemicals, i-e luciferase and luciferin. The reaction of Luciferin with Oxygen results in production of light while luciferace helps them to speedup this chemical reaction. There are many other creatures who produce light in same phenomenon, fireflies are one of them.

If anyone of you have ever been to this amazing Lakes system, do share your experience with us.

Image credit: munnecket Ralph Green rickyqi

One Response to Gippsland Lakes, The Lakes with glowing water
  1. AMIR CH
    March 2, 2012 | 1:21 pm


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