Nighttime visits to the west coast of California are magical these days. Here, the bioluminescent plankton is creating breathtaking displays after dark. These glowing plankton are giving visitors to the beach some much-needed cheer.
Just a few days ago, Patrick Coyne, a Californian photographer, shared a stunning video of dolphins swimming through glowing blue waters. The video shows two dolphins, glowing blue and swimming just below the surface.
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•Dolphins Swimming in Bioluminescence• 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 for 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 insane. I’m honestly still processing this all and I can’t thank @newportcoastaladventure enough for having me out because without them none of this would be possible. Be sure to check our their edit from last night as well! I hope you all enjoy this video. ——————————————————————————— Shot on a Sony a7Sii with a Rokinon 35mm Cine DS T1.5 Len. Shutter speed: 1/50 Aperture T2 ISO 80,000
In a Facebook post, the Scripps Institution of Oceanography explained this phenomenon. “Red tides are due to aggregations of dinoflagellates including Ceratium falcatiforme and Lingulodinium polyedra, the latter of which is well known for its bioluminescent displays, with waves or movement in the water causing the phytoplankton to glow neon blue at night,” the SIO wrote. “During the day, the water appears to have a reddish hue, hence the term red tide.”
They go on to mention, “We don’t know how long the current red tide will last, as previous events have lasted anywhere from one week to a month or more, but scientists are continuing to monitor. For your best shot at viewing the ocean’s light show, head to a dark beach at least two hours after sunset.”