Malabar beach glows blue following red algae invasion

December 4, 2012AUSTRALIAAfter the eastern beaches coastline resembled the Red Sea last Tuesday, the “night lantern” visited Sydney’s Malabar beach that evening. These photos have not been digitally enhanced – in fact, photographer Dr David Psaila said the water was an even more spectacular color blue than that shown in these images, the Southern Courier reports. “The organism responsible, Noctiluca Scintillans known as “night lantern” is very aptly named, as it will luminescent a bright blue when it is disturbed by waves,” he said. The Chifley scientist said the red algae that crept along the east coast last week contained a chemical called luciferin which was a common protein found in bioluminescent animals. “It’s a chemical reaction that causes light,” he said. “It is often found in deep sea creatures and is the exact same chemical that causes fire flies to glow.”Dr Psaila said although he had seen this effect before but never to this degree. “The reason why there are probably not seeing it at other beaches is that those beaches would have a lot more lights around so it’s really hard to see whereas at Malabar – you see the waves rolling in and they are all blue,” he said. –News
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8 Responses to Malabar beach glows blue following red algae invasion

  1. SOSO says:

    Is this because the ‘Noctiluca Scintillans’ are dying off in deep sea from the heating up of the oceans’ bottom?

  2. Glenn Rice says:

    A chemical called “luciferin?” Now you have to admit that does sound devilish.

  3. setfree2012 says:

    This is a “spectacular” sight indeed. But forgive me for doubting the explantion that this is the oceanic fauna version of fireflies. Methinks something is truly rotten in the state of Australia. (Her oceans, actually…which area also the oceans of the rest of the world, from which our seafood comes.) Look up, Christians, your redemption draweth nigh! Everyone else…repent of your sins and call upon the Name of Jesus Christ and make Him the Lord of your life…while you still can!

    • Ross says:

      Australia is a country…

    • pagan66 says:

      setfree2012 – How offensively patronizing. There is nothing rotten about Australia, especially in our waters. In fact, we probably have the cleanest rivers, beaches, reefs, estuaries & lakes & the strictest environmental guidelines & laws of any industrialized nation on the planet.

      Nature is sacred, wonderous, bountiful & beautiful. Not every vagary within it should be thought of as a Divine judgement from a wrathful God.

      Peace

  4. Irene C says:

    I know, without a doubt, that this isn’t good for the environment, but it must be something spectacular to see.

  5. Come on people. Red Blue? Isnt that the color of the Mayan Prophecy Planet? Wake up.

  6. Donna Wasson says:

    Just one more reason to NOT swim in the waters off Australia…yuck!

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