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Bioluminscent sea sparkle lights up the Japanese shore

Posted on Jun 02, 2017


It was definitely an unforgettable evening for the residents of the Yugihama city in the Kamakura province of Japan. Due to the bioluminescent plankton, the sea flashed with an amazing, supernatural glow leaving the captivating viewers in a slight disbelief.

The extraordinary natural phenomenon is the result of Noctiluc miliaris, also known as noctilocaria. This small protozoan lives in the full-bodied seas, and his body contains luciferin, a luminous substance, activated by the enzyme luciferase, especially during irritation caused by, for example, rapid waving of the sea surface.

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