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Chennai Beach Sparkles with Blue Glow, Netizens Flood Social Media with Breathtaking Visuals

Chennai Beach Sparkles with Blue Glow, Netizens Flood Social Media with Breathtaking Visuals

Scientists are conducting a study to find the reason behind the phenomenon.

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Visitors to the beach along the East Coast Road in Chennai were left surprised after they witnessed an unusual sight on the evening of Sunday, August 18 - waves in the beach were sparkling with a blue glow. The very sight of blue waves in the Chennai beach left onlookers in awe, with many capturing it on their cameras. Soon the internet was swarmed with videos and pictures of the bluish glow of waves.

The blue glow was caused by bioluminescence or blue sea sparkles which are a rare sight in Chennai.

According to marine experts, the blue glow in water is known as bioluminescence. The phenomenon is caused by Noctiluca scintillans algae, a type of phytoplankton that converts their chemical energy into light energy when washed ashore. It is commonly known as sea tinkle.

Blue waves were seen at the Thiruvanmiyur, Injambakkam, Besant Nagar's Eliot's Beach and Palavakkam beaches.

Here are some pictures and videos posted by visitors of the blue waves in the Chennai beach on their social media. Some used #ChennaiSeaSparkle to post the pictures and videos on Twitter.

Bioluminescence is the emission of light by marine organisms and is considered as an indicator of climate change. It occurs when phytoplanktons (microscopic marine plants), commonly known as dinoflagellates, produce light through chemical reactions in proteins. It is however, not good news for the marine health. Ecologists and marine researchers warn it could disrupt the long term health of an ecosystem.

While many who got a glimpse of this rare incident have been left impressed and many have described the sight as beautiful, ecologists and marine researchers are warning that this may be a negative sign.

Scientists are conducting a study to find the reason behind the phenomenon.

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