You may have heard of a red tide before…If not let me remind you it generally occurs when there has been an a exponential growth in the number of dinoflagellates in the water column often referred to as a ‘bloom.’ The water often turns a golden or red color under these conditions, it also creates a condition where other organisms are unable to survive due to nutrient depletion (sometimes including oxygen).
Despite these inhospitable conditions other types of these organisms produce a bioluminescent display that is spectacular. When disturbed these unicellular creatures light up in the ocean waters. This makes boating under evening conditions remarkable. I hope to one day witness this this oceanic beauty.