Photo credit: Phil Hart

Every year the shores of the Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, Australia is awash in a sea of brilliant, bioluminescent flagellate protists known as Noctiluca scintillans. This amazing phenomenon was captured brilliantly by Phil Hart, an expert in night sky and astrophotography. Continue reading for more.

Noctiluca scintillans can be found widely distributed throughout the world, often along the coast, in estuary, and shallow areas of the continental shelf that receive plenty of light which promotes the growth of the phytoplankton that make up a large portion of N. scintillans’s diet.

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