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Amazing natural was captured showing a blue hue, lighting up the sea

Friday, 05/01/2024, 14:38 (GMT+7)

Cameras captured a natural phenomenon after it lit up the ocean in Southern California.

The ocean can be a scary place, with shipwrecks, bizarre sea creatures, and ominous black holes.

This might be a place you want to avoid after dark, but lately, the beaches of the South Coast have taken on a magical look as the sun sets.

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The bioluminescent phenomenon illuminated the shoreline with a stunning shimmering blue, reminiscent of bright lights. Image Credits: @FunForLouis/Youtube

Footage shot in Laguna, Newport, and Huntington Beach shows waves and sand glowing blue as if they were held under a giant black light.

This is a phenomenon caused by bioluminescent microalgae, which glow when disturbed.

Videos and photos from Southern California showed the sand glowing when people walk over it and push against the algae, and the water glowing when boats move through the sand or when waves crash onto the surface.

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The amazing footage showed the waves and sand lighting up with a blue tinge. Image Credits: @FunForLouis/Youtube

Bioluminescent algae are found in oceans around the world, often concentrated in warm-water lagoons or bays with small openings.

Although algal blooms occur in the summer, they can occur at any time of the year.

The emergence of algae in Southern California has prompted travel company Newport Coast Adventures to launch cruises to let people see it firsthand.

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Numerous people were stunned after witnessing bioluminescence lights up on the beach. Image Credits: @FunForLouis/Youtube

It advertised: “Jump on board with us on the search for the bioluminescence glow that illuminates the night sky as the waves crash around the shorelines, wake from our ships, possible dolphins swimming through, large fish schools, and anything else that triggers the blue natural phenomenon."

Watching the video below: 

Previously, this stunning photo shows the shimmering blue coastline with the bright lights of Hong Kong in the distance.

Blue light fluorescence is the natural light provided by the flowers of the algae Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as "sea light.".

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The footage showed bioluminescence, which was caused by microalgae, as it illuminated the disturbed beach. Image Credits: Lit Wai Kwong

Non-toxic phytoplankton are not considered harmful and are relatively common in Hong Kong. Unusually, the camera captured its iridescent glow, which only appears when the water is disturbed.

Despite its blue color, the phenomenon is still known as the red tide. Michelle Zhang of the city's Ecological Education and Resource Center said the bloom was caused by high pollution, which was exacerbated by slow water flow.

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According to the witness, they described bioluminescent lights on the beach as akin to being in 'Avatar.' Image Credits: Lit Wai Kwong

Off the coast of New Zealand's northern islands, the coast is illuminated by "maritime auroras": plankton glowing green after nightfall.

This beautiful and elusive phenomenon sometimes washes up on the coast and has been witnessed firsthand by local "biohunter" enthusiasts who search the coast for bioluminescence.

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The bioluminescent phenomenon was observed in oceans around the world. It was found in warm waters or bays with a small opening. Photograph: Sajith Muraleedharan

"It's also known as the maritime aurora, just like the Australian aurora you see in the sky," said photographer Sajith Muraledharan, who captured the phenomenon in Napier.