Night Surfing With Bioluminescent Algae

October 4, 2011


This is a video from San Diego of a surfer surfing in the midst of bioluminescent algae that, when disturbed, glow bright blue. As cool as it is, you sure as hell wouldn't catch me out there in the water after dark (night-sharks, bro -- night-sharks).

On the beaches of Southern California, a phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyedrum is responsible for a spate of red tide. Massive algal blooms like this make the water ruddy during the day, but disrupting the microorganisms at night results in bursts of electric blue bioluminescence.

Oh man, this reminds me of that scene in The Beach with Leonardo Decaprio. Specifically, the part where he finds out his roommate killed himself and discovers the treasure map. F*** man, I wanna find a f***ing treasure map. I don't care if it leads to buried dildos, I just want an adventure (although free dildos certainly wouldn't hurt).

Hit the jump for the video.

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Thanks to Ricky, who isn't afraid of getting eaten by sharks because he trails a string of chicken wings a solid 50-yards behind him. Now that's just smart thinking.

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