Glowing beaches

If you have ever been on a beach at night you may have been lucky enough to be witness to glowing waves. Yep that is what i said, Glowing Sand. This stunning event only happens when the its been very warm and the night is extremely dark. It also affects that sand and when you are walking you leave glowing footprints behind you. This light is caused by a single-celled organism called dinoflagellate and is a huge part in the marine circle of life.

The Organism is biouminescent which means it can produce its own light source. Its similar to a firefly but how bright they glow does depend on how much and how strong the sunlight is during the day. The light performance is only on show for a couple of hours after nightfall and fades as the night wears on.

So it has to be really warm along coastal areas for the process of the waves of light to begin. During the day is can be seen as a red tint in the water and they reproduce so quickly that this is sometimes known as the ‘Red tide’.

Unfortunately there is not really any way of tracking the organisms to be able to predict where the next show will be. So if you do ever get the chance to see this phenomenon make the most of it and i really hope you have your camera with you!!!

 

 

 

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