Alien like Algae Lights Up Tasmanian Coast

Tasmania you're so sparkly.

Saturday night locals and tourists were shocked when an alien-looking algae turned the North-West coast bright blue.
Preservation Bay near the town of penguin was invaded by the bioluminescent phytoplankton – or “Sea Sparkle” on Saturday night.

As the name suggests -Sea Sparkle are a type of microalgae that excrete glowing fluid as a defence mechanism. The algae will attract the predator by emitting the glowing light. Creating a distraction so they doesn’t have to worry about being eaten.

Wicked trick.

Brett Chatwin the lucky photographer who managed to snap the weird blue goo, said he’d never see anything like it before:
"It was very interesting watching this iridescent aquamarine colour light up the waves as they crashed. It was as good as shooting the Aurora Borealis, but a bit easier".

A few Tassies gave capturing the sparkly blue algae a crack, and the results are pretty spectacular.









Chasing the bioluminescence tonite in Burnie

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Keep doing your sparkly thing Tasmania.

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