A rare occurrence of a phenomenon known as a “red tide” took place recently in California, which resulted in a group of dolphins glowing blue while frolicking in the water, astonishing lucky onlookers.
A red tide occurs when a body of water is host to an algae bloom. This can result in varying visible effects depending on the conditions of the water and the kind of phytoplankton and dinoflagellates present in the bloom.
Quite often a red tide will turn the water a rusty red and sometimes there is no noticeable difference in the water to the naked eye.
But every so often it can make the water glow if the conditions are right, with the bioluminescence visible in the first few hours after sunset, creating some spectacular views.
That’s exactly what happened recently at Newport Beach and when the glow appeared, passersby were quick to pull out their cameras and catch some pics and videos of the rare and beautiful phenomenon.
Surfers and boaters were able to get up close in the hope of capturing some quality footage before the glow faded out, and the videos have since been doing the rounds on social media as they capture the beauty of a group of dolphins frolicking in the stunning glowing waters.
The more the plankton is disturbed the more it glows, which is why the combination of the waves and the boats’ wakes provided the perfectly mesmerizing conditions for the dolphins to play in.
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Press 💙if you want to have a blue aura glow like these magical dolphins? 🌟🐬 Check out this beautiful vid capture by: @patrickc_la ・・・ Last night was truly one of the most magical nights of my life. Capt. Ryan @lawofthelandnsea of @newportcoastaladventure invited me along to capture rare video of Dolphins swimming in bioluminescence. The first time I saw this actually filmed was a few months back while watching a Night on Earth documentary on Netflix. The second I saw that footage it became a dream of mine to one day capture something similar and that’s exactly what we did. This was by far the most challenging video I’ve shot for a number of reason. For starters the bioluminescence has sweet spots to where it shows up and then fades away so while on the water it’s impossible to just find it. Not only that but actually finding any type of animal in pitch black is just so ridiculously hard. Conditions have to be absolutely perfect the bioluminescence to show up and to have an animal swim through it so we can film it. On top of all that just trying to nail the focus at such a wide aperture with something moving in the water was a nightmare. We were out for a few hours and on our final stretch back we finally had 2 Dolphins pop up to start the incredible glowing show. A few minutes later and we were greeted by a few more which was incredible.
These people really were in the right place at the right time to have witnessed this stunning moment of natural beauty.