SCIENCE & TECH

[PHOTOS] Beautiful glowing waves appear in California

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These photos are incredible.

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These amazing photos from California may seem to be some sort of Photoshop trick, but they are as real as it gets. The state had a phenomenon of glowing bioluminescent waves and luckily the photographer community has taken to Instagram to show nature at its best.

The phenomenon is all the more special because of its unpredictability. It is caused by a bloom of a type of plankton that turns the sea to a red color during the day and produces a glowing blue bioluminescence when disturbed by waves during the evening. Scientists are not sure why it does that, but theorise that it may be to drive off predators - although it is extremely appealing to the human eye as pictures show.