Glowing Blue Ride on Red Tide by the Seaside

Red tides — sometimes-toxic algal blooms of overabundant phytoplankton along coasts — can be detrimental to the health of everything from fish to manatees to sea lions to humans. But there’s no denying that the resulting bioluminescence is a captivating consolation prize — as seen here in San Diego recently. Thanks to Peter Kragh for posting these videos, and thanks to James Baker from Sploid for bringing them to our attention so we can share them with you for Glow Week!

Notice the shoes, because casually lighting up the results of a red tide with your bare feet is what researchers call “a bad idea.”

Glowing Blue Ride on Red Tide by the Seaside
[From Bioluminescent Waves in San Diego, Red Tide Blue Waves by Peter Kragh]

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Our resident "Bob" (pictured here through the lens of photographer Jason DeFillippo) is in love with a woman who talks to animals. He has a fondness for belting out songs about seafaring and whiskey (arguably inappropriate in most social situations). He's arm-wrestled robots and won. He was born in a lighthouse on the storm-tossed shores of an island that has since been washed away and forgotten, so he's technically a citizen of nowhere. He's never killed in anger. He once underwent therapy for having an alien in his face, but he assures us that he's now feeling "much better." Fogarty also claims that he was once marooned along a tiny archipelago and survived for months using only his wits and a machete, but we find that a little hard to believe.