Big Sur Is Glowing, Thanks To Tiny Bioluminescent Phytoplankton

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It’s already one of the best drives in the country (or world!), but now, the views of Big Sur are even more spectacular β€” thanks to some weird weather patterns and tiny sea creatures’ bioluminescence.

The magical phenomenon can be seen near Monterey Bay.

And all along Big Sur.

The spectacle is called a dinoflagellate bloom.

It’s an abnormally high concentration of tiny sea creatures that emit light.

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The beautiful glowing is from phytoplankton.

Local experts say it might be species such as Noctiluca, Lingulodinium or Protoperidinium.

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The Pacific waves have been glowing since January.

However, the glow could disappear any day if the weather gets windy.

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Calm waters make the bright event happen.

When the water is still, the phytoplankton group together and give off more light.

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So if you’re in Cali, it could be time for a midnight road trip!