Algea creates epic glowing water phenomenon (8 HQ Photos)

This phenomenon at the Gippsland Lakes in Australia is the result of a chain of events such as flash floods, storms, and bushfires that triggers a population explosion of one particular type of algae the glows a vibrant blue. Imagine taking your girlfriend to this spot. I bet you could just say, “Yeah, so this is happenin’ now”, then BOOM, you’re on the shore doin’ the dirty deed in no time flat. It’s like proposing to a woman; she pretty much has to.
These photos and more found HERE.

  • BigDingo

    The earth is awesome. Well deserving of an HD gallery (though I'm still crossing my thumbs for a hump-day HD gallery).

  • tommybhoy

    Now thats just cool…but not the natural disasters that cause it though

    • Curious

      I've never heard of natural disasters causing this… what do you mean? I've only heard that its when the special kind of algae gets disturbed their chemical reactions cause bio-luminescence.

      • tommybhoy

        ' is the result of a chain of events such as flash floods, storms, and bushfires that triggers a population explosion '

        At the top of the post….two of the three can be called disasters depending on how much damage was caused. Thats what i ment

    • Gecko

      hey, every cloud has a silver lining

  • vicrom252

    so what planet is this on??

    • Not First


    • fnaah

      yeah, we aussies think you americans are from a different planet too.

  • Kitho James

    Its the easiest way for na'vi-fication 😀

  • TaTa

    chive, I love you, but please stop with your so-called high quality eyes bleed

  • bubblerider86

    #8 -Dr. Manhattan??

    • Mr F

      No, that guy is wearing pants.

    • Diego


  • Mate Bozanic

    My first thought was: ''This is fuckin' awesome!!!''

  • Drizzt

    Spellchecker Chive.

  • doobie doo

    sounds like they're a kind of dinoflagellates, which are common in other mangrove trapped bays across the world. Vieques, P.R. has a nice bioluminescent bay with a similar dinoflagellates, though get there soon, as with each year the intensity of the bay's glow is lessened by continued developments' light pollution. This is the first person I've seen successfully capture the phenomenon on camera.

    • Anonymous

      The first time to successfully capture it on camera… Really? Check Google images, there are tons of pictures like these (though not as awesome).

    • moe

      Mosquito bay in PR is awesome. You can see the light trails when the fish swim by.

  • lanto13

    I believe it is a form of phosphorescents. We get it here sometimes in the Bay of Fundy in Canada. It becomes active and "glows" when it comes in contact with something. Which means it also glows when you pee into the water

  • Phondo

    Hoo boy. Can't you guys at least spell check your headlines?

  • misschris

    Wow, it's amazing. I would love to see that in person.

    • Phondo

      Well, thank you. I AM a good speller.

  • NickRob

    Ha I agree with you Chive! Just bring your girl there and say, "Baby you wouldn't want to my balls to be like this algae would you?" Then she'd definitely have to

  • RyanR

    I've seen this happen on the the Texas Gulf Coast. It is an amazing event! I think it is the same organism that causes red tide…

  • aosux

    I have seen green phytoplankton on Long Island. It's cool to pick up and throw at people.

  • TonyFronce

    Went to Puerto Rico last year and took a kayak tour of the bioluminiscent bay there at night. It was incredible. Any time you disturb the water with your hand or the kayak paddle it lights up bright blue. They used to let you swim in it but unfortunately pollution is killing off the mcroorganisms that make it possible, so they're very protected now and no swimming is allowed.

    • moe

      They rent the kayaks out in Esperanza, off the board walk. Kinda expensive, but a cool experience.

  • Slappy McGee

    These things are a central part of the book "Deception Point" by Dan Brown. Lame book, but it's cool to see what they actually look like.

  • BGkid

    #1 Give the bitch algea, bitches love algea

  • nepster

    They've got these lagoons all over….Puerto Rico and they have a Luminous Lagoon in Jamaica…best $100 I ever spent, and Chive is right, it's a huge panty dropper.

    • RandomGuy

      What? I was planning to go all the way to Australia to see this someday =/ . Turns out Luminous Lagoon is like 1hr from where I live. Thanks for the heads up.

  • V4Vendetta14

    #8, OMFG! KILL IT!!! KILL IT!!!

  • TylerV


  • Ken

    Great view of the Milky Way in #6.

    • Djz

      seriously. think i might save this pic for use as a wallpaper

  • j-man85

    Tron Legacy

  • Adam Flowers

    Used to see this stuff churned up in the wake of the ship I was on. It's beautifull to watch!

  • Sarah

    #3 Kinda reminded me of Avatar!

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