Tuesday, October 04, 2011

Riding the biolume


Red Tide Surfing San Diego 2011 Bioluminescence from Loghan Call on Vimeo.

That's not artificial light or SFX. The blue light is caused by disturbing a specific kind of red tide, which causes a chemical reaction. Warm water phytoplankton Lingulodinium polyedrum, when agitated, creates a chemical reaction which produces a flash of blue light, only visible after dark. The red tide algal bloom has been off the shores of San Diego since August.

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