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Picture of the Day

Bloomin' bioluminescence

Waves activated the neon blue glow coming from a red tide just offshore from San Diego, California. The red tide was caused by blooming phytoplankton, some of which are known for their bioluminescent displays. At one point, the nighttime show stretched nearly 20 miles from La Jolla to Encinitas. Samples from the tide allow scientists to learn more about the genetic and metabolic traits of the phytoplankton. Other sampling programs are providing details on the toxins that some phytoplankton produce. These sometimes get transferred to the food web, where they affect shellfish, fish, birds and other marine mammals.

Visit Website | Image credit: Erik Jepsen/UC San Diego