The beauty of Bioluminescence

The production and emission of light by a living organism. Its name is a hybrid word, originating from the Greek bios for “living” and the Latin lumen”light”. Bioluminescence is a naturally occurring form of chemiluminescence where energy is released by a chemical reaction in the form of light emission. (source Wikipedia)

Plankton or phytoplankton are organisms that are rust colored by the light of day, blooming by the billions and staining the surf red. Though they are red on the outside, the plankton also contain chemicals that release a distinctive blue-green glow after sunset.

The oceans hold all these beautiful gifts and mysteries. Bio-luminescent  captured the imagination of ancient mariners which wove tales of the unexplained. It is a stunning display of nature. Often bait fish congregate within the light to the delight of playful-hungry dolphin.

Like  Synchronous fireflies it something so visually profound it becomes more than just seeing … it’s like knowing you just witnessed a miracle.

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This is one of the most beautiful video interpretations of the recent display  The week of September 28th, 2008, the “Red Tide” hit San Diego, illuminating the surf with an eery, yet beautiful neon blue glow that brought people to the sand at night to watch this phenomenon occur. 
This video was shot in Encinitas and Carlsbad CA.


3 thoughts on “The beauty of Bioluminescence

      1. Oh god, it’s horribly cold, but the waves of green-yellow light make it worth it. Thank you, I’m new to this whole blogging thing, but yours has been a source of inspiration actually. Keep it up!

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