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.Embed from Getty Images
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.”Embed from Getty ImagesEmbed from Getty Images
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.Embed from Getty Images
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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