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Bioluminescent Algae Transforms Tasmanian Beaches Neon Blue

The water has been lit up like the Northern Lights.

15/03/2017 9:46 AM AEDT | Updated 15/03/2017 10:05 AM AEDT
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The phenomenon has been observed previously in the Gippsland Lakes, Victoria.

If you needed a reminder on just how beautiful nature is, look no further than these stunning images taken by photographers at some of Tasmania's beaches.

The waters of Preservation Bay were lit up by bioluminescent algae over the past few days, colouring waves neon blue in a sight reminiscent of the Northern Lights.

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Photographer Brett Chatwin said that capturing the phenomenon was "one of the most unbelievable things to witness with your own eyes".

"Storm clouds made an awesome back drop as well," he said in an Instagram post.

The algae, known as Noctiluca scintillans, glows when it is disturbed, creating an opportunity for amazing photographs that even the most inexperienced camera user could capture.

Professor Gustaaf Hallegraeff, an expert in harmful algal blooms, has previously told The Huffington Post Australia that the Noctiuluca is virulent, successful and "acts as a vacuum cleaner", eating everything in sight.

He said however, that the algae was more of a nuisance than a danger to marine life.

The night the magic blue waves came to the bay, I'm in love! 💙🌊

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A little bio wave with the full moon in the distance 💙🌏🌊

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Noctiluca, or 'sea sparkle', thrives in calm, warm sea conditions.



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