The citizens of Acapulco were the luckiest among us to witness an event that is a spectacle. After six decades and more, the Puerto Marques beach in Acapulco has a bioluminescent blue light, and it represents a fantastic show.
The whole spectacle is a result of the Bioluminescent planktons because they make a chemical reaction in the water.
Currently, all the beaches are empty because of the situation with the coronavirus pandemic, but, still, some beachgoers succeeded to seize the moment, and capture the view. Their snaps immediately went viral on social media, and we all had the chance to see the rare phenomenon, even though it was in a picture.
Noctiluca scintillans, also known as the sea sparkle, represents a free-living, marine-dwelling species of dinoflagellate. They exhibit the bioluminescence if disturbed.
The Luminescent Glow of Puerto Marques
Among the results of the world in quarantine is the drastic decline in pollution, and people on social media, immediately draw a parallel of the phenomenon and the ecological changes. But, a marine biologist, Enrique Ayala Duval, quickly said that those claiming are unfounded.
On the site of Sabersinfin.com, Duval claims that the phenomenon is a result of a biochemical reaction that mostly includes luciferin [potein], molecular oxygen, and ATP [adenosine triphosphate].
The oxygen oxidizes the luciferin, then the luciferase accelerates the reaction, and in the end, the ATP gives the energy for the reaction, causing neon light in the water due to the night.
The experts say the phenomenon that lights up the beach in Acapulco is a result of a combination of those little creatures in one place, together with the levels of nutrients, and various environmental factors.
Even though the governments banned the visits of the beaches, still, some residents managed to enter and see the phenomenon. Because this event is a rare one, some of the people couldn’t miss the opportunity to enjoy the gift that Nature gives us. Besides, we have attached a short video where a beachgoer jumps in the neon blue water. It is unbelievable.
This video that was shared on social media caused mixed feelings. Some people weren’t pleased with the view, because they say it is in human nature to destroy everything that touches. But, on the other side, some found the whole video amusing.
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— Corelion, LLC (@corelionnews) April 22, 2020
All in all, this may be the first time after six decades for the bioluminescent blue plankton to get back to the beach Puerto Marques, but it is not a rare event in other parts of Mexico. Still, it doesn’t make this event less magnificent.
Let’s ask you a question: If you had the chance to swim in these neon blue waters, would you swim?