In Plain Sight: Surfer Marvels at Bioluminescent Waves in Newport Beach

The Scene A surfer marvels at bioluminescent waves glowing off the coast of Newport Beach.
The Details The neon blue water is caused by a red tide of phytoplankton, which lights up in response to movement and contact.
Explorer Credit Mike Marshall @meeyak
Get the Shot When the biological phenomenon returns, it’s helpful to know if there was a red tide at the beach during daytime. “It also takes patience,” Marshall says. “Not every location or wave will be a strong blue. I was out there for almost two hours.”

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