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Bioluminescence

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Glow from a Noctiluca scintillans algal bloom along the seashore in Hong Kong called Sea Sparkle
Fluorescent blue patches of water off Hong Kong's seashore are from a Noctiluca scintillans algal bloom along the seashore in Hong Kong called Sea Sparkle. AP Photo by Kin Cheung.
Bioluminescence

noun - Bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by living organisms, including in the ocean, which can be seen on the surface of the water by open water swimmers. It is a form of chemiluminescence where energy is released by a chemical reaction in the form of light emission.

Usage[edit]

The channel swimmers were enthralled by the bioluminescence in the ocean.

Origin[edit]

1915–20; bio- (Greek: bios for 'living') + luminescence (Latin: lumen for 'light').

Synonym[edit]

chemiluminescence

Videos[edit]



Bioluminescence during André Wiersig's crossing of the Molokai Channel on 15 October 2015.

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