Blue Waves in Chennai Viral News, Scientists Curious
People visiting beaches along Chennai's East Coast Road on Sunday evening were left surprised and puzzled when they saw something they had never seen before - blue, sparkling waves hitting the shore.The phenomenon of blue waves or blue tides is known as Bioluminescence. It is caused by an algae called bioluminescent phytoplankton.
The scientific name of the bioluminescent phytoplankton species is Noctiluca Scintillans. It is also commonly called 'sea sparkle'.Bioluminescent tides were seen in Maldives in the Indian Ocean last year and has been seen infrequently along coastal California in the Pacific Ocean.