Chennai’s Thiruvanmiyur beach glows due to bioluminescent waves; experts warn of climate change

Chennai: Visitors to the Thiruvanmiyur beach in Chennai were in for a surprise after the waves crashed and glowed. Bioluminescent waves along the shore were spotted on Sunday night (August 18).

Bioluminescence is caused by Noctiluca scintillans which is a type of phytoplankton that convert their chemical energy into light energy when washed ashore.

It is found in many marine organisms such as bacteria, algae, jellyfish, worms, crustaceans, sea stars, fish and sharks. According to marine experts, the phenomenon is an indicator of climate change and can have an impact on deep sea fishing.

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