No, It's Not a Trick: The Ocean Is Glowing in California
Your eyes aren’t playing tricks on you– the ocean water from San Diego to Encinitas is glowing.
This blue glow is a result of a red tide and an algae bloom called bioluminescent phytoplankton. Bioluminescence expert Michael Latz said it hasn’t happened in parts along the Southern California coast in about five years.
John Cunningham took some photos at Torrey Pines State Beach in San Diego County.
“Seeing that blue flowing through the waves was an incredible experience and the pictures certainly don’t do it any justice,” Cunningham wrote in an Instagram post.