Here's what our ocean looks like during the day...
Red Tide in San Diego (photo credit: Gary Robbins, Union-Tribune)
And here's what it looks like at night...
Bioluminescent waves (photo credit: Brian Witkin, google images)
Phytoplankton, an algae that blooms late in the summer, is lighting up our beaches thanks to a scientific phenomenon called bioluminescence. When these tiny creatures are jostled, a chemical reaction occurs at the cellular level, and, wow, a blue light flashes.
How long will the red tide be with us? No one knows for sure. It arrived at the end of September and may suddenly leave if the weather changes and blows it out or if a bunch of salp, a small jellylike creature, drift in and eat them up or if... Then again, the red tide might stick around for a while.
But, at least for the moment, we have glow-in-the-dark waves in San Deigo!
I'm this week's hostess. If you throw up a My Town Monday post, let me know here or on the official My Town Monday blog, and I'l link to you on both.
Below are links to some interesting My-Town-Monday posts by other bloggers:
Debra of From Skilled Hands has proof of great beauty in her small Village of Peninsula, Ohio
Jeannette Marie Powell has a haunting post on Frankenstein's Tower in Dayton, Ohio. Ooooh...
Enjoy your Monday!