Bioluminescene lights up ocean in San Diego

Bioluminescene lights up ocean in San Diego

The phenomenon along the coast is also known as a red tide because during the day the microorganisms give the water a reddish hue, but at night they glow where they are disturbed by waves.

The waves along San Diego's coastline are lighting up with a bright blue glow.

Bio luminescence Expert Michael Latz says that hasn't happened there in almost five years. On this occasion, it is caused by a bloom of phytoplankton brought by the natural phenomenon known as the red tide.

A red tide at the San Diego beach was a sight for everyone with photographers being the most benefitted.

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A stunning phenomenon - on display along parts of the southern California coast.

It's caused by an algae bloom called bio luminescent phytoplankton. Other regions, including Puget Sound in the Northwest, experience shellfish toxicity, which Native Americans connected to bioluminescence hundreds of years ago.

The current red tide in San Diego is not harmful or toxic, though. "Red tides are unpredictable and not all of them produce bioluminescence", Scripps notes, saying scientists don't know how long this particular event will last. It was a bioluminescent that added colour to the waters.

"The last time we had one was in September 2013, and the last big one was in October 2011", Michael Latz, a bioluminescence expert at UC San Diego's Scripps Institution of Oceanography, to told the San Diego Union-Tribune.