And suddenly the sea in Tasmania became electric blue

And suddenly, the sea along the north-west coast of the Australian island of Tasmania became electric blue at night.

This phenomenon, also known as bioluminescence, is caused by billions of single-cell algae or plankton called Noctiluca scintillans.

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The light is created by a chemical reaction called ‘bioluminescence, which happens when a naturally-occuring micro-organism in the water is disturbed. Via Chatwin Photography Facebook
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These images are particularly stunning because the concentration of the micro-organism ‘Noctiluca Scintillans’ was abnormally high when he took the photos in Preservation Bay. via Chatwin Photography Facebook
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It is unknown why such intense colors were observable: Rain? Floods? Mating season? via Chatwin Photography Facebook
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As if a painter was playing with radioactive paint. via Chatwin Photography Facebook

The bodies of these microscopic algae are filled with fatty inclusions, which will produce glowing blue color under mechanical or chemical stimuli… the so-called bioluminescence effect.

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