Glowing waves are hitting California beaches and scientists don't know why
SAN DIEGO (AP) — A red tide is causing the surf to glow in parts of California.
An algae bloom filled with bioluminescent phytoplankton has been lighting up the ocean from La Jolla to Encinitas since Monday. It’s a stretch of about 18 miles (29 kilometers). The micro-organisms light up along the face of the wave when it crashes near the shore.
Oceanographer Michael Latz tells The San Diego Union-Tribune the last red tide was in September 2013. He says scientists can’t predict when they’ll occur and they really don’t understand the dynamics.
A red tide offshore San Diego is bringing a spectacular display of #bioluminescence to beaches at night, as captured in this photo by John H. Moore. Scripps scientist Michael Latz said the red tide is due to massive numbers of dinoflagellates including Lingulodinium polyedra. pic.twitter.com/JnSlXGBuEs— Scripps Oceanography (@Scripps_Ocean) May 8, 2018