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parting of the red sea by aglaia b

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for the very lovely and talented artist jemimalovesbigted

In the summer of 2000, sudden summer storms washed large amounts of nutrients into Port Phillip Bay. These nutrients caused blooms of microscopic algae called dinoflagellates. The increased nutrients and warm water meant that these planktonic organisms may be present in sufficient numbers to colour the water. This happened late in November and the eastern shores of Port Phillip Bay were stained red by an algal bloom.
Although the dinoflagellates were apparently not toxic, they were able to glow in the dark. During this phenomenon, many locals would arrive on the beach shores at night, pick up a hand full of sand and throw it into the sea to see it glow in the dark.

Bioluminescence is simply light produced by a chemical reaction which originates in an organism.
Bioluminescence is a primarily marine phenomenon. It is the predominant source of light in the largest fraction of the habitable volume of the earth, the deep ocean.
Bioluminescent bacteria occur nearly everywhere, and probably most spectacularly as the rare “milky sea” phenomenon, particularly in the Indian Ocean where mariners report steaming for hours through a sea glowing with a soft white light as far as the eye can see.


  • theyellowfury
    theyellowfuryover 6 years ago

    This one’s really nice.

  • shapiro
    shapiroover 6 years ago

    Amazing work Aglaia! Pre -historic creature all over the place! The birds are well placed and I love the buildings in the far distance! Great work!Sx

  • Phineous "Flash"   Cassidy
    Phineous "Flas...over 6 years ago

    top shot =]

  • Steve Chapple
    Steve Chappleover 6 years ago

    Love the perspective here. This is amazing story and would have made an incredible sight!

  • jemimalovesbigted
    jemimalovesbigtedover 6 years ago

    OH WOW, thank you! that is cool! I was not in Melbourne when this happened but I wish I was, it sounds brilliant. Great shot chick. I love this perspective where you can see lil ole Melbourne town in the background. Thanks for the wonderful explanation too. =D

  • ltruskett
    ltruskettover 6 years ago

    I love the perspective here and the obvious colour from the bloom is superb.

  • RebeccaT
    RebeccaTover 6 years ago

    This is amazing! – It’s an absolutely beautiful shot….and so informative…I love the time you take to explain things…I always learn something new when I visit your page! -;)

  • Paul Vanzella
    Paul Vanzellaover 6 years ago

    superb image – looks unworldly!

  • JenniferB
    JenniferBover 6 years ago

    It does look ‘other worldly!’, I love the warm colour of the sand in contrast to the starkness of the rocks… so displaced, wet, shiny, moist………. LOL….. I’ll stop about there I think! :-)xox

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 6 years ago

    amazing view, perfectly done

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