Usually when water turns an unnatural hue in China, it’s accompanied by off-the-charts toxicity readings and biohazard suits. Yet, this time, the electric blue colour of this Dalian sea is simply a majestic natural spectacle.
Photos published to NetEase capture the incredible phenomenon.
While such a fantastic sight appears to belong to some magical or extra-terrestrial world, there is actually a rational scientific explanation. The neon light is emitted by millions of microorganisms due to a chemical reaction when the bioluminescent bacteria are disturbed by the tide.
Earlier this year, a Shandong sea was illuminated by another astonishing aquatic aurora.
Strange sights in Chinese waters have been regular occurrences lately, with a “great wall of sand” appearing in the South China Sea last month.
By Liam Bourke