Bioluminescent algae create neon waves along Virginia Beach

[USA] Bioluminescent algae caused the surf along Virginia Beach to take on vibrant colors at night over the weekend.

The Virginian-Pilot reports people were able to take in the neon glow Sunday night from the North End neighborhood to Sandbridge.

The light comes from marine animals such as plankton whose glow can, in the right conditions, be visible from the shore.

Virginia Aquarium and Marine Science Center education specialist Karen Burns says numerous factors contribute to the memorable glow, such as the water temperature, current patterns and the nutrients in the water.

The phenomenon usually occurs during the late summer and early fall when water temperatures are warm and the sea is calm.

 

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