The brilliant blue fluorescent waves have lit up California’s beaches at night, mainly because of a bioluminescent phenomenon produced by a plankton called Lingudinium polyedra,media BGR reported. During the day, these creatures huddled on the shore of the sea to absorb the sun, forming what is often known as the “red tide”. At night, when phytoplankton are disturbed, they glow. The result is a dazzling blue glow as anything passes from the dolphin to the human surface.
Dr. Michael Latz of the Scripps Institution of Oceanography at the University of California, San Diego, released a video documenting the waves hitting the vicinity of Scripps Institution of Oceanography. Throughout the video, you can see that any major movement on the surface of the water is enough to disturb plankton and trigger a “light show” where the waves glow.
With much of the United States locked down or quarantined, spending a night on the beach is a pastime few people can enjoy. Still, the evening’s “light show” attracted a lot of onlookers. As Gizmodo points out, city officials are struggling to cope with the hordes of people on the beach.
“These are very disrespectful people, which really adds to the tension here,” one local resident wrote to city officials. “It’s a ‘shit show’. And it happens every night. “