The Lake that Glows in the Dark

Swimming is supposed to give you a healthy glow, but these swimmers weren’t quite sure what was going on when they took a late-night dip and turned a fluorescent shade of blue.

“It was like we were playing with radioactive paint,” said photographer Phil Hart who snapped the bizarre sight as his friends emerged from a lake in the dark of night.

The light is created by a chemical reaction called bioluminescence, which happens when a naturally-occuring micro-organism in the water is disturbed.

These images are particularly stunning because the concentration of the micro-organism “Noctiluca Scintillans” was abnormally high when he took the photos at Gippsland Lakes in Victoria, Australia.

source: Phil Hart