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San Diego Surf Turns Electric Blue

Dinoflagellates have arrived in droves

(Newser) - Ocean waves north of San Diego look quite a bit bluer than usual this week. Beginning Monday, a 20-mile stretch of California coastline from Encinitas to La Jolla took on what CNN calls an "electric blue glow" as tiny bioluminescent creatures moved in. Despite sharing his own photos with... More »

Why Some Mushrooms Glow in the Dark

It helps them distribute their spores

(Newser) - If you catch them at the right time, some mushrooms have a pretty cool trick up their sleeves: They can glow in the dark. Some 71 of the 100,000 known species of fungus are bioluminescent, Reuters reports, and now researchers can explain why. It's about reproduction, a study... More »

A Bioluminescent Bay Has Suddenly Gone Dark

Change threatens tourist economy of Puerto Rico's Vieques

(Newser) - Puerto Rico's Mosquito Bay has long awed visitors with its magical glow, the result of plankton called dinoflagellates that "shimmer." This year, however, what Gizmodo dubs "one of the world's most spectacular natural sights" has gone dark. In January, the bay—located about 10 miles... More »

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