Photograph courtesy: Nilesh Mane
Just in January this year, we witnessed the phenomenon of bioluminescence for the very first time in Mumbai. (READ Shiny blue waves at Juhu Beach take our breath away). This is where the waves radiate a neon, blue light as if they are glowing in the dark. This is commonly seen in some beaches in Lakshadweep but never in Mumbai. However, the city’s famous Juhu Beach happened to witness this phenomenon not once, but twice. The first incident was in the beginning of the year and the second one was seen today and is predicted to be visible for the next few nights as well. The waves crashing the shore sparkle mostly when it is dark due to the presence of phytoplankton. Also Read - 'Touching Gesture'! Narayana Murthy Touches The Feet of Ratan Tata And Twitter Can't Stop Hailing The 'Historic Moment'
A professor of Zoology at Bhavan’s College in Mumbai first discovered it this time and explained the very reason for this happening too. It is because of the water currents that disturb the unicellular structure and they in turn produce the sparkling blue light. The currents have washed these microbes ashore and therefore this phenomenon can be seen so up close. Bioluminescence at Juhu Beach is likely to be visible for a few more nights so if you live in the city or are here visiting, make use of this opportunity to witness this magical site. Head to Juhu Beach around 9.30 pm and don’t forget to carry your camera. There is a cement jetty on the beach which is the best spot to witness the blue waves however, make sure you don’t stay back too long as high tides can submerge the jetty. Also Read - JNU Violence Highlights: Student Protests Emerge Across Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata; Film Fraternity Joins in
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