July 14, 2016 11:52 am
Updated: July 14, 2016 11:54 am

See the stunning ‘blue tears’ of Taiwan’s Matsu Island

Noctiluca scintillans is responsible for producing the beautiful "blue tears" phenomenon as seen here in the Netherlands.

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A Taiwanese scientist is assuring people that a beautiful site found along an island is not caused by pollution, but instead, by a natural phenomenon.

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The mesmerizing blue along the coast of Matsu Island is caused by noctiluca scintillans, highly buoyant, balloon-like cells that glow. Due to their shape, they’ve been called “blue tears,” though many also refer to it as “sea sparkle.”

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The algae are known to have a voracious appetite. They feed on other algae and plankton in temperate, subtropical and tropical waters and are usually found in coastal areas.

Though they can last year-round, they’re usually found during warmer months at the mouths of rivers and after heavy rain.

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If you happen to see this, don’t panic.

“This represents a kind of ecological balance, and the appearance of noctiluca scintillans is therefore far from an indication of environmental deterioration,” said Chiang Kuo-ping, director of the Institute of Marine Environment and Ecology at the National Taiwan Ocean University.

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