Australian shore turns florescent blue from Bioluminescence

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TASMANIA, AUSTRALIA - A sight on the ocean shore that looks heaven-sent -- a rare sight, big and blue and twinkling bright.

That's what happened in Hobart, the capital city of Tasmania in Australia.  Over the last few days the waters there have turned neon blue.

Photographers swarmed the waters to witness this 'bioluminescent' wonder firsthand.

The bioluminescence is caused by blooms of large single-celled organisms called dinoflagellates. This specific dinoflagellate glowing in the Australian waters is the noctiluca scintillan species.

These displays of natural beauty are pretty common on the Australian, Californian and Caribbean coastlines. The light that the scene displays comes from external forces; maybe a boat passed by or a wave broke or possibly someone was just throwing rocks in the water.

Whatever the explanation, spectators and photographers aren't complaining -- they're simply enjoying this rare sight for as long as it lasts.

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