Bioluminescence Might Illuminate San Diego Beaches for the Second Year in a Row

Bioluminescence is a phenomenon that causes the waves of the California shore to illuminate with an iridescent blue light at night. This phenomenon is a wondrous gift from Mother Nature, with experts believing that the effect results from excessive rainfall over the past couple of years.

Before 2020, the bioluminescence phenomenon was extremely rare. Yet, lucky night beachgoers and surfers are experiencing it for the second year in a row off the California coast.

Fortunately, this is a natural occurrence, albeit rare and extraordinary, but it is not dangerous. The safety assurance helps people in San Diego enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience wholeheartedly, and it certainly is a sight to behold.

Last year, a 37-year-old pastor and south-eastern San Diego resident, Dale Huntington, said, “I’ve been surfing for 20 years now, and I’ve never seen anything like it.”

On March 14, 2021, the majestic bioluminescence phenomenon was spotted again in the Dana Point, Newport Beach, and Laguna Beach sections of Orange County. 

The La Jolla area also witnessed a mild occurrence of the phenomenon in early March. Still, as the Spring progresses, it is likely for La Jolla and other local beaches throughout San Diego to have more chances to experience the Bioluminescence phenomenon again.

To read the full coverage, check out the original San Diego Union-Tribune report here. And here’s the photo credit for the bioluminescence banner photo on this page.

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