Plankton bioluminescence

Plankton bioluminescence

Plankton bioluminescence. Photo by Phil Hart

Amazing pictures of plankton bioluminescence in Lake Victoria. Not the Lake Victoria in Africa, the Lake Victoria in Australia. The Aussie Lake Victoria is a salt lake in the southeastern part of the continent. There are no cichlids in this lake, but the photos are a must see. Commonly known as “sea sparkle”, this bioluminescence is created by the the plankton Noctiluca scintillans. During daylight, blooms of N. scintillans appear as a cloudy red scum in the water. At night, water movement causes a chemical reaction inside the plankton creating an electric blue glow.

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Plankton bioluminescence. Photo by Phil Hart

Scientist aren’t sure why these plankton glow when water is disturbed. Theories range from a defense mechanism to scare away predators to a form of camouflage. To see more pictures of this rare plankton bioluminescence, visit Dailymail.co.uk for more pictures by Phil Hart.

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