'Sea sparkles' are making Tasmanian shores light up

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Natural Phenomenon Makes Tasmanian Shores Look Like Another World

A natural phenomenon is making the shores of Tasmania appear other worldly.

What's responsible for creating these magically glowing beaches? Bioluminescence.

Bioluminescence has transformed the coast of Tasmania into a glowing neon blue wonderland that has attracted tourists, scientists, and photographers from all over. One of whom is photographer Jo Malcomson, owner of Blackpaw Photography, who took these photos Monday in southern Tasmania.

"It was very much like entering into a magical wonderland," Malcomson told CNN. "It's a childlike wondrous experience, which completely absorbs one's attention and captures one's imagination."

According to ABC News, bioluminescence is caused by dinoflagellates, a single-celled organism nicknamed "sea sparkles," and they emit light when stimulated by a disturbances in the water. They're common and can be seen fairly often on the coastlines of Australia, California, and the Caribbean -- but Malcomson told CNN that this high of a concentration is rare.

One jellyfish expert told Australia's 936 ABC Hobart that she's seen a lot of bioluminescence in the past 25 years, but nothing quite as amazing this.

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