Dazzling bioluminescent event lights up Tasmanian sea

Crowds gathered to experience eerie glow along the shore.

March 17, 2017, 4:35 PM

— -- Crowds gathered to experience the dazzling glow of a bioluminescent event along beaches in Tasmania in Australia this week.

The event was reportedly due a plankton-eating organism called Noctiluca scintillans, which lights up neon blue or green when it is disturbed.

A photographer recorded the phenomenon at the shore near George Town on Tuesday as beachgoers moved hands, feet and sticks in the glowing water.

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