Bioluminescence Newport Beach California
Bioluminescence turned waves neon blue in Newport Beach this past week, a moment that was captured on camera by three Southern California photographers who stumbled upon the extraordinary sight. They happened to be at the right place and time after spotting a thick red tide that turned the ocean a rusty red earlier that day. Read morefor two videos and additional information.

Unfortunately, red tide doesn’t always mean the ocean will give off a blue glow at night, but it can, and that’s why the photographers decided to go take a gamble and drive to Newport Beach to scope it out. Bioluminescent dinoflagellates, when moved by water or waves, make the water glow a bright blue color.

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•Newport Beach Bioluminescence• Last nights bioluminescence in Newport Beach was incredible! So far it’s the brightest I’ve ever seen. My buddy @markgirardeau called me letting me know that there was a red tide which was originally discovered by @visual_burrito earlier that day. It doesn’t always happen but a red tide could indicate some bioluminescence which is why we went. Keeping our distance of course I ended up getting some pretty incredible video showing how blue and bright it really was. If you’ve never seen bioluminescence before it’s definitely something you have to see with your own eyes! Newport Beach is among some of the beaches in Orange County that are still open, just wanted to mention that. Hope you guys enjoy the videos! ——————————————————————————— Filmed on my Sony a7iii with a Rokinon 35mm Cine DS T1.5 Setting we’re: Shutter speed 1/50 T1.5 ISO 80,000

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Shot out to the beach at midnight after hearing about this rare phenomenon. Social distancing was put into practice, in addition to the fact that it was the middle of the night,” said Jonah Bonner.