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

Neon blue bioluminescent waves caused by red tide

Red tide is a “bloom” of phytoplankton.  Phytoplankton are microscopic, single-celled plants that occur naturally in our coastal waters.  A “bloom” occurs when a particular species of phytoplankton begins reproducing rapidly, resulting in millions of cells in each gallon of water.  Not all phytoplankton species produce visible blooms.  Red tides are caused by a particular group of phytoplankton called dinoflagellates, which seem to prefer warmer and calmer waters. 

The bioluminescense is caused by wave light. 

Disrupting the microorganisms at night results in bursts of electric blue bioluminescence. Says Scripps Institution of Oceanography Professor Dr. Peter Franks of this phenomenon:

The song in this video is so dang good!  Enjoy 🙂

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











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