Avatar on Earth: Dolphins glow in blue

Just a group of dolphins gliding along the red tide in Newport Beach, California … And they’re creating a mesmerizing neon, bioluminescent glow!

Yes, these are dolphins swimming in bioluminescent waves in Newport Beach, California, April 23, 2020.

The plankton outbreak is the most powerful this year.

This is due to a thick red wave, during which photosynthetic organisms float up to the light, creating a thin, dense layer at the surface.

Bioluminescent dinoflagellates (in this case Lingulodinium polyedrum) make the water look bright blue when it is disturbed by waves, a passing boat or fast dolphins.

Light is a protective mechanism to protect them from tiny predators.

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