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Surfer Catches Electric Blue Waves in Southern California

Surfer Catches Electric Blue Waves in Southern California
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A surfer in San Diego was lucky enough to catch bioluminescent waves when he went for his evening surf among the natural phenomenon caused by a specific type of algae.

Surfer rides electric blue waves in “red tide” phenomenon

The recent biolumenesnce off the California coast has been out of this world. Last week we shared surreal footage of glowing dolphins streaking through the dark depths, and now a surfer has been filmed hanging ten in the electric blue waters. The phenomenon is caused by an algae bloom of tiny bioluminescent phytoplankton that light up the water around them when they are disturbed—hence the blue water in the surfboard‘s wake. Despite its blue colour, this kind of algae bloom is commonly referred to as a ‘red tide’. 

Surfers and beach visitors have captured stunning footage of glowing blue water off California and western Mexico, where bio-luminescent algae is illuminating the waves after dark
Electric blue red tides Surfers and beach visitors have captured stunning footage of glowing blue water off California and western Mexico, where bio-luminescent algae is illuminating the waves after dark Source: YouTube/Storyful
His video shows the surfer paddling across the water on a surfboard ringed in light, before catching a glowing wave and riding it with the sunset in the background.
Cameron Franco of San Diego, Calif., captured footage of a surfer riding the blue-lit waves near Sunset Cliffs on Monday. His video shows the surfer paddling across the water on a surfboard ringed in light, before catching a glowing wave and riding it with the sunset in the background. Source: YouTube/Storyful

The single-celled algae light up their bodies when they’re startled

The breathtaking sights are made possible by dinoflagellates, a tiny species of bio-luminescent plankton. The organisms have massed together in large numbers along the west coast this month, making it much easier to see them when they start flashing en masse.

The single-celled algae produce two chemicals that light up their bodies when they’re startled, in what biologist Rebecca Helm described on Twitter as “luminous little panic attacks.”

The bloom is known as a “red tide” because of the way it looks during the day, according to the Scripps Institution of Oceanography. The phenomenon is also famous for producing “electric blue waves” after dark.

“We don’t know how long the current red tide will last, as previous events have lasted anywhere from one week to a month or more,” the institution wrote on Facebook.

Source: GlobaNews.ca

Surfer Catches Glowing Blue Waves in Southern California Cameron Franco of San Diego, Calif., captured footage of a surfer riding the blue-lit waves near Sunset Cliffs on Monday. His video shows the surfer paddling across the water on a surfboard ringed in light, before catching a glowing wave and riding it with the sunset in the background. Source: Facebook/AJPlusEnglish
The glowing waters are a fairly rare phenomenon in Southern California, and Newport Coastal Adventures says the bioluminescence they're seeing right now is the highest its been in years. What a dazzling display of just how unbelievably awesome our world truly is. For more on this story, click ?
Surreal image of glowing dolphins streaking through the dark depths. The glowing waters are a fairly rare phenomenon in Southern California, and Newport Coastal Adventures says the bioluminescence they’re seeing right now is the highest its been in years. What a dazzling display of just how unbelievably awesome our world truly is. For more on this story, click ? Source: Facebook/NewportCoastalAdventure
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