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Glow in the Dark Lake

These are the Gippsland Lakes in Queensland, Australia and the man in the water has turned into a human glow stick thanks to a chemical reaction called bioluminescence, which happens whenever a naturally-occurring algae in the water is disturbed. During 2006 forest fires dumped large amounts of nutrients into the lakes triggering the rare algae

The Neon Waves of California

It looks like something from the movie “Avatar”: ocean waters that light up like neon glow sticks when they splash. Beaches across southern California have recently been alight with these freaky eerie, glowing waves. This beautiful, strange, otherworldly phenomenon is caused by bioluminescent phytoplankton called┬áLingulodinium polyedrum. This massive red tide, or algae bloom of microorganisms