Glow-In-The-Dark Water Caused By Sea Creatures

It's alive.

Remco Douma is a Dutch photographer who's called Punta del Este, Uruguay his home since he was a child. His passion for capturing nature is evident in his breathtaking landscape photos of South America

He was lucky enough to experience a rare nature phenomenon that he's sharing with the world through his photographs. 


These spectacular, luminous blue waves are commonly referred to as "sea sparkles."

The glittery water is the result of bioluminescence, a phenomenon where living organisms like fireflies and plankton can glow in the dark.

This particular light show in Manantiales, Uruguay was caused by a dinoflagellate species called Alexandrium fraterculus.

Unlike Noctiluca, another dinoflagellate species, Alexandrium fraterculus is nontoxic.

Scientists aren't sure but some hypothesize that the organism produces the gleam to protect itself from predators.

When it's disturbed by movement, such as the crash of waves, the organism emits light.

If you decide to swim in these fantastical bluecaps, your body might also turn temporarily blue as you exit the sea.

On behalf of humans, we're pretty sure their brilliant bloom won't keep us away. It will draw us even closer.

What a stunning wonder of nature.

The world is a beautiful place. 


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