Port Lincoln, a remote bay in South Australia hosted a mesmerizing nighttime light show as billions of microscopic bioluminescent algae (Noctiluca scintillans) shone bright blue. The word “bioluminescence,” comes from “bio,” meaning life, and “lumin,” meaning light...

Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as the sea sparkle, is a free-living, marine-dwelling species of dinoflagellate that exhibits bioluminescence when disturbed. They are so small that thousands of them can fit in a single drop of water.



-Rick DeLuca