Residents of Acapulco in Mexico have witnessed the phenomenal sight of a bioluminescent blue light show in the waters of Puerto Marques beach, for the first time in 6 decades.
The rare and amazing visual spectacle happened thanks to an increase in Bioluminescent planktons which caused chemical reactions in the water.
Due to the current global lockdown the beaches are practically empty, but a few beachgoers who ventured out managed to capture some jaw-dropping footage which quickly went viral on social media.
Noctiluca scintillans, which is also known commonly as the sea sparkle is a marine-dwelling species of dinoflagellate that exhibits bioluminescence when it is disturbed.
With the recent lockdown resulting in a massive decline in pollution globally, many people were quick to assume that this is what caused the ecological changes that led to this. However, marine biologist Enrique Ayala Duval insists that these claims are unfounded.
Duval wrote on Sabersinfin.com,
“Bioluminescence is the light produced as a result of a biochemical reaction in which most of the time luciferin [protein], molecular oxygen and ATP [adenosine triphosphate] take part, which react by means of the enzyme luciferase in the following way: oxygen oxidizes luciferin, luciferase accelerates the reaction, and ATP provides the energy for the reaction, producing noticeable water and light at night.”
The rare phenomenon happens when a high number of the tiny creatures congregate in one area, and the blooming is due to the levels of nutrients in the water as well as other environmental factors.
One excited beachgoer couldn’t resist jumping into the neon blue waters for a swim and shared the video below.
Bioluminescence appears on the beaches of Puerto Marquez, Acapulco, #Mexico.@dezabedrosky #acapulco #plaza #puertomarquez #beach #videos #climatechange #likes4like #lights #lighthouse #cute #awesome #mundial pic.twitter.com/vvhoLpDACh
— Corelion, LLC (@corelionnews) April 22, 2020
After sharing it on social media, many users weren’t too happy with his decision to jump in, pointing out that people tend to destroy everything eventually.
So, would you take a dip in these blue fluorescent waters? Or would you appreciate the beauty of it from afar?