The magical blue waters of Matsu Islands, Taiwan

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Red tide bioluminescence. Distinctive blue flashes, a type of bioluminescence, that are visible at night in some marine environments are caused by tiny, unicellular plankton known as dinoflagellates, some of which can produce toxins that are harmful to the environment. Captions: Science Daily. Photo source: ©© Phil Gibbs

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Every summer, Matsu’s shore glitters with a display of glowing algae known as “Blue Tears.” Travelers come from far and wide to see the natural phenomenon and its otherworldly results…

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Bioluminescence: Explanation for Glowing Waves Suggested, Science Daily (10-22-2011)
It has long been known that distinctive blue flashes, a type of bioluminescence, that are visible at night in some marine environments are caused by tiny, unicellular plankton known as dinoflagellates, some of which can produce toxins that are harmful to the environment…

Magnificent Blue Glow of Hong Kong Seas also Disturbing, AP (01-23-2015)
Eerie fluorescent blue patches of water glimmering off Hong Kong’s seashore are magnificent, disturbing and potentially toxic, marine biologists say…

Red Tide Species Is Deadlier Than First Thought, Science Daily (07-27-2012)
Scientists have discovered that a species of tiny aquatic organism prominent in harmful algal blooms sometimes called “red tide” is even deadlier than first thought, with potential consequences for entire marine food chains…