NASA’s Aqua satellite captured the spread of Noctiluca scintillans, a type of phytoplankton in the East China Sea off the coast of Shanghai, China.
Noctiluca scintillans, single-celled organisms and a type of dinoflagellate phytoplankton, sparkles at night with an ethereal blue glow, especially after boats, waves, or even swimmers disturb the water. These bioluminescent organisms aggregate or grow into very high concentrations, they can form massive “red tides” that can harm marine life and create dead zones despite the beauty of these “blue tear” blooms.
The local scenery on the ground is as follows.
Reference: Tracking “Blue Tear” Blooms (NASA Earth Observatory)
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