Beach Glows by Bioluminescent

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Beach Glows by Bioluminescent

#1  Postby Macdoc » Mar 09, 2020 5:45 am

Warning - turn the volume off for the video - this is not my video but it is closest to what I'm seeing. The music is marginal at best.

Staying in a hotel over looking the beach Antifasghasto Chile on the way up to the Atacama desert and poked my nose out the balcony at 2 am.

Thought I saw people with flashlights in the rocks ...then dawned that it was the surf with the lights ... :what:

Have never seen bioluminescent in the real world other than fireflies and this is mesmerizing to watch the surf roll in and every few waves it ....some right up on to the sand.
A younger me would have been down there playing in it. :whistle: It is very bright and electric blue.


By: Chile Travel | Date: 19 August, 2019 | In: Nature ,

Can you imagine the ocean glowing and lighting up the night’s darkness? It is not science fiction, it’s a true natural phenomenon that occurs on the coasts of northern and southern Chile! Discover Bioluminescence in Chile and allow yourself to be amazed by the magic of the oceans of the southernmost coasts of the world.

Our Pacific Ocean, rich in biodiversity, has been the protagonist of one the most spectacular phenomena that nature can give us, bays that glow in the darkness of the night as if someone had turned-on the pool lights inside the ocean, or if someone where trying a new magic Instagram filter.

Although Bioluminescence in Chile is not yet very well known by the general public, scientists on the other hand are very familiar with them. Nature never fails to surprise us, and living organism with their own set of headlights are no exception. Bioluminescence occurs widely among microorganisms such as some fungi, bioluminescent bacteria, fish, jellyfish, worms and terrestrial invertebrates such as fireflies, who transform their habitats into a true visual party.

We’re all familiar with the beautiful fireflies that fly around with their shining body or those fish that carries a type of headlamp like the one in the Disney movie “Finding Nemo,” but little do we know about this phenomenon that occurs on the shores of several parts of the world, and that lately has been surprising the visitors of Bahía Inglesa, in the north of Chile or also on the coasts of Aysén, in the extreme south.


Just as the name indicates, the word bioluminescence comes from the Latin “Bios” which means Life and “Lumen” meaning Light. This natural phenomenon exists across the entire biological spectrum of living organisms, but they are particularly present in marine species that live in the deep sea.

These living lights are the result of a biochemical reaction that, in most cases, comes from the interaction of a molecule called “luciferin”, that reacts with oxygen and ATP (adenosine triphosphate) capable of producing light, that of course is most noticeable at night and shocks anyone who sees it.

Generally, certain species cause this reaction to defend themselves or to attract their prey. Some deep-sea squid that live where there is no natural light shoot out a “bioluminescent” liquid to confuse their predators, instead of black ink which wouldn’t be visible, like other squid who live closer to the surface. What is interesting is that deep-sea squids use the same defensive mechanism as some surface squids, but make their ink visible in areas where there is no light.

On the other hand, fireflies produce their luminosity in order to become more visible and attract mates to reproduce. Whatever the reason is for this natural phenomenon to occur, the fact is that it is an impressive spectacle for human eyes.


Lately, this amazing phenomenon has been seen along the coasts of northern Chile, on the beaches of Bahía Inglesa, Playa Blanca and Las Machas Beach, in Caldera. These calm beaches with which sands and turquoise water have displayed this incredible nocturnal spectacle.

During the early morning hours in February of 2018, one of the first occurrences of this phenomena was appreciated and photographed by fishermen and locals. The news circulated extensively and many visitors were lucky enough to see it because this unusual show lasted for about three days, and continued happening every so often. ... cean-glows

And yes count us lucky. :cheers:
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EO Wilson in On Human Nature wrote:
We are not compelled to believe in biological uniformity in order to affirm human freedom and dignity.
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