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Amazing Bioluminescent Plankton Lights up the Shores of Hong Kong

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This amazing phenomenon is completely natural and is commonly referred to as Sea Sparkle. In Hong Kong on the 22nd of January waves of bioluminescent plankton lined the shores of Hong Kong. The glowing is caused by blooms of microscopic dinoflagellate called Noctiluca scintillans.

Sadly though the phenomenon is caused by something that isn't so spectacular - pollution. This most recent bloom was caused by agricultural runoff such as fertilisers and other chemicals that run off of farmland and into the sea. It might to be the best for the environment but it certainly makes for some beautiful long exposure photographs.

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Photo via Kim Cheung/AP

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Photo via Kim Cheung/AP

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Photo via Kim Cheung/AP

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Photo via Kim Cheung/AP

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