If you think that walking around in a city park is enough to get a hefty dose of nature in your life then you’re missing out on a lot.
One photographer managed to capture the mesmerizing sight of bioluminescent algae glowing bright blue as he ran his hand through the waters off the coast of Australia as can be seen in the beautiful footage below:
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Such a surreal sight against the backdrop of the night sky is enough for anyone to want to get up and book a flight to the area.
The gorgeous footage is courtesy of Jordan Robin, 26, who was at Plantation Point in Jervis Bay located on Australia’s east coast.
He was at the right place at the right time because such a spectacle is a rare event, only once or twice a year, in fact. The glow is caused by what are dubbed “sea sparkles,” microscopic organisms that emit light when disturbed.
The award-winning photographer can be seen in the video running his hand through the water, triggering the algae to start glowing with a hauntingly beautiful bright blue light.
Robin, from New South Wales, said, “This rare occurrence only usually happens once or twice a year. The video was taken on the 14th of January 2020.”
“What can be seen as a red tide during the day, the microalgae Noctiluca scintillans produces a bright blue glow at night like seen in the video,” Robin added.
Noctiluca scintillans is also commonly called the “sea ghost,” “sea sparkle,” or “fire of the sea.” It’s a microscopic single-celled organism that is about 0.02 inches (0.5 millimeters) in diameter with a tentacle-like “flagellum” that it uses to eat plankton.
They commonly bob around in the water and regulate their buoyancy so as to move up and down as needed.
You have to give it to nature to produce such beauty from something so small.