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Bioluminescence Spotted On Chennai Beach. The Internet Is Shocked

Visitors to the Thiruvanmiyur beach, Chennai were treated by a pretty unusual sight over the weekend.

Reportedly, bioluminescent waves were spotted along the shore on Sunday night. Given that bioluminescence is a rare happening in Chennai, visitors were amazed on witnessing the bluish glow along the beach. Pictures and videos of the phenomenon started making the rounds on the internet on Sunday.

Bioluminescence is a natural phenomenon caused by Noctiluca scintillans, a phytoplankton species that convert their electrical energy into light energy when washed ashore. Many marine organisms such as algae, jellyfish, sharks, worms, starfish, and crustaceans exhibit this feature.
Bioluminescence is not a very common event in our country. India has a few beaches that are famous for their glow-in-the-dark waves, such as South Goa’s Betalbatim beach and Lakshadweep’s Kavaratti island. On the world map, the Blue Grotto in Malta is one of nine caves near the island of Fifa that produces a phosphorescent glow. Similar to the Blue Grotto are Bioluminescent Bay in Puerto Rico, San Diego in California, Navarre Beach in Florida, and Toyama Bay in Japan.
But, things may not be as hunky-dory as they seem. According to marine experts, the phenomenon is an indicator of climate change and can have an impact on deep-sea fishing.

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