Surfers ride neon blue bioluminescent waves

Watchers surfers ride 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.

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This is absolutely beautiful. I have seen bioluminescent phytoplankton once at a Virginia beach but it was bright green at night. Spooky and amazing.

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

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  1 comment for “Surfers ride neon blue bioluminescent waves

  1. October 6, 2011 at 11:32 AM

    I never knew I could love nature more as it is! Frigkin’ rad! Surfing on bioluminescent waves will definitely be on the top 10 in my bucket list!

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