Sparkling blue waves in Chennai: Scientists are curious, leave people shocked

Written By Xappie Desk | Updated: August 20, 2019 17:01 IST
Sparkling blue waves in Chennai: Scientists are curious, leave people shocked

People who visit beaches on Sunday afternoon along Chennai's East Coast Road were left amazed and confused when they saw a weird thing they had never seen before. It was a blue, sparkling waves touching the coast.

The rare event that left hundreds of tourists to the beach in wonder of its beauty left researchers curious and anxious. The Thiruvanmiyur beach, Palavakkam beach and Injambakkam beach are beaches along and near the shoreline of Chennai that experienced the unusual event.
Bioluminescence is the occurrence of blue waves or blue tides. It is induced by an algae called phytoplankton with bioluminescence. These phytoplanktons transfer their chemical energy into electrical energy as the waves touch the coast causing it to produce a blue glow on the waves ' head. Noctiluca Scintillans is the scientific name of the species of bioluminescent phytoplankton. It is also frequently referred to as ' sea sparkle. '
Last year, these waves were seen in the Indian Ocean in Maldives and were rarely seen across the Pacific Ocean coast of California. Scientists think the event may be triggered by a shift in the marine environment and should be investigated for potential damage to marine life along the Tamil Nadu coast. The occurrence is also associated with ocean currents warming result of climate change.
The visitors near the beach posted pictures of the ocean's lovely blue vision under the night sky. Some even shared videos of the bright blue waves along the shoreline of Chennai, stating they were fortunate to lose their flight as they had such a rare and lovely sight to see.