The beaches of Maharashtra and Dakshina Kannada-Udupi coast are lit these days. This is not because of some magic but due to a natural event. It leaves the seawater appear shimmery blue at night.
As per reports, the Juhu Beach Devgad and Velas beaches in Ratnagiri and Dakshina Kannada-Udupi coast are under the influence of the Blue Tide. Also, this happens when bioluminescent marine life gives a blue appearance to the sea.
According to researchers, this is the result of phytoplankton (microscopic marine plants) naming as dinoflagellates. These produce light via chemical reactions in proteins. So, when sea waves disturb these microorganisms, they give out the blue light.
This is visible on Indian beaches from November to January. Also, in March. Many beaches in Indonesia, the USA, the Maldives, Vietnam and Australia have been glowing in the same manner.
As per reports, the blue effect was first seen in Mumbai in November 2016.
Shaunak Modi, Director, Coastal Conservation Foundation, a recent witness of this on Mumbai’s Juhu beach mentions to a leading website that it is a recurring event. One cannot capture it most of the time due to light pollution on our beaches.
So, you need not go to Maldives to experience it!
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