First Time In 6 Decades, Bioluminescent Planktons Light Up A Beach In Acapulco

Noctiluca scintillans, or more commonly known as ‘sea sparkle’ , and for others as Bioluminescent dinoflagellates.   

It is a type of plankton – tiny marine organisms that can sometimes cause the surface of the ocean to sparkle at night! Quite a sight to witness…

Due to the Corona-Virus lockdown beaches should be empty, but some beach addicts just couldn’t resist the temptation of this phenomenal sighting that has now gone viral on social media.

It has been about 60 years since this happened in this area and some locals from Acapula, Mexico were fortunate enough to see this stunning blue light spectacle in the waves at Puerto Marqués beach.

This blue light phenomenon happens because of the bioluminescent planktons that cause chemical reactions in the water, resulting in this rare occurence.

Some bioluminescent organisms do not synthesize luciferin. Instead, they absorb it through other organisms, either as food or in a symbiotic relationship.

Noctiluca scintillanscommonly known as sea sparkle is a free-living, marine-dwelling species of dinoflagellate that portrays bioluminescence when agitated. 

(Photo: Twitter) Bioluminescent plankton was observed in the waves on a Porto Marqués beach for the first time in over 60 years.

The Luminescent Glow Of Puerto Marqués

Many jump to the conclusion that because of the rapid reduction in pollution globally, this was the cause of this marvel, but marine biologist; Enrique Ayala Duval explains that this synopsis is unsubstantiated.  He explains on

“Bioluminescence is the light produced as a result of a biochemical reaction in which most of the time luciferin [protein], molecular oxygen and ATP [adenosine triphosphate] take part, which react by means of the enzyme luciferase in the following way: oxygen oxidizes luciferin, luciferase accelerates the reaction, and ATP provides the energy for the reaction, producing noticeable water and light at night.”

Also known as “blooming” this occurs when various environmental factors take place and the levels of nutrients found in the water cause a great many of these tiny little creatures (plankton) to gather all in one place.

Breaching Quarantine

…or could be “beaching” quarantine… these locals could just not drag themselves away from the beach and miss out on this chance of a lifetime.  The video they posted on social media shows one of them jumping in the bright neon blue water!

This video caused some mixed reactions on social media with many expressing their disappointment of these beach goers shirking the rules!

It may have taken 6 decades to be sighted in Puerto Marqués, but is not such a rare occurrence in other parts of Mexico or even the world. But, this does not diminish the remarkable sighting at all.

There have been another 2 recent sightings of this captivating occurrence of bioluminescense captured on video.

A special moment captured at Newport Beach where dolphins were enjoying the spectacle as much as we do and were lit up in the night light as they surfed the brightly lit waves.

A surfer being filming catching waves with this incredible light show dazzling beneath.

H/T: conscious reminder

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