Incredible scenes of bioluminescence spotted at Preservation Bay, Tasmania


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LOCAL photographers have captured incredible scenes at a remote beach in Tasmania where the water has turned electric blue.

Photographer Brett Chatwin uploaded pictures of the spectacular bioluminescence at Preservation Bay in Tasmania.

The entirely natural phenomenon is down to phytoplankton known as Noctiluca scintillans, or “sea sparkle” which thrives in calm, warm sea conditions.

It’s created by a variety of organisms which if undisturbed, will concentrate on the surface leading to the glittering effect.

Mr Chatwin said he saw it on Saturday night for the first time on the north west coast of the state.

“Not sure if it was a one off or it will return because it wasn’t present the following night,” he wrote on Facebook along with some spectacular images of the beach.


It’s not the first time the scene has been captured in Tasmania. In May 2015 photographer Jo Malcomson of Blackpaw Photograhy shared pictures of it at South Arm on the outskirts of Hobart.

Marine biologist Michael Latz said at the time the blooms of single-cell organisms can occur off the coastline in Australia, California, the Caribbean and elsewhere.

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