Electric Blue Waves Slap the California Shores Thanks to the Red Tide ~ Enjoy the Bioluminescent Show!

Neon blue bioluminescent waves caused by red tide

On the beaches of Southern California, a phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyedrum is responsible for a spate of red tide. Massive algal blooms like this make the water ruddy during the day, but disrupting the microorganisms at night results in bursts of electric blue bioluminescence. Says Scripps Institution of Oceanography Professor Dr. Peter Franks of this phenomenon:

Red Tide Surfing San Diego 2011 Bioluminescence from Loghan Call on Vimeo.

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