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food. Inside these little bubbles were sometimes tiny dark spots clustered to one side, and here and there are some larger ones, perhaps ingested remains of similar beasts, or generation of new ones, to be expelled. These little bubble animals, which have all the characteristics of the jellyfish, cited by Perori and Lechenault under the name of Orethusa pelagica, Savigny under the name of Noctiluca miliaris, swim in the collected nightwater in greater or lesser amount and seem, with naked eyes, examining them in the sunlight, to be little drops of fat. As long as the water is not renewed with fresh water, or the inspection lasts for a long time, they no longer conserve themselves upon water, and fall dead at the bottom. Interesting is the fact that these animals attract spontaneously, forming groups as they approach others. The same phenomenon we have seen on a large scale in the daytime, both here and in the ocean, that is, the groups are supernaturally long, floating in the sea in rows of brown and yellow, and they give the idea of ??water sown with sawdust. These daytime occurrences always happened, however, when the sky was clouded and the sea darkened. It seemed that these infusions of the sea feared the sunlight during the day, descending to the depths, and with twilight returning the surface; At least they were never found in water harvested during the day, and always in water withdrawn at night. In the Port of Gibraltar they were so large that when we touched our hands in the water, a trail of light soon formed, and the withdrawn hand shone with innumerable twinkles.

All these facts seem to demonstrate the existence of animals that probably phosphoresce the sea. The large light bubbles, sometimes the size of a foot that rise above the surface or drift randomly, are presumed to be larger mollusks or jellyfish, or bubbles of water illuminated by the phosphorescence of these animals. In addition to these isolated phosphorescences or bubbles, it is noted, however, that until now it seems to have not been specified, according to its physical characteristics, a new fact. At a certain distance from the ship everywhere where two waves break against each other or as they toss one another, a hint of bluish light hovers just like the reflection of lightning in the water. This light differs from that of animal bubbles in that it is not a single flame or a blob of light yellow light, but is scattered and resembles the weak light which gives it the flame of a wine spirit. On the nature of this luminosity we dare not be the first to determine it precisely. We can consider it a reflection of sparks produced by bubble animals, or something that is observed in the

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