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Acapulco Beach Lightens Up as Fluorescent Plankton Makes Rare Visit to Coastal Waters - Video

Bioluminescent plankton
Bioluminescent plankton - Sputnik International
A vast number of plankton species exhibit a phenomenon called bioluminescence which means that they are able to produce and emit light through biochemical reactions.

A few lucky spectators at a beach in Puerto Marqués, Acapulco in Mexico were graced with a rare sighting on Monday night as the coastal waters were lit up by a neon glow caused by bioluminescent plankton.

The marine species washed up on the coastline for the first time in sixty years, although this phenomenon is quite common at other Mexican beaches, Acapulco's tourism board said.

According to marine biologist Enrique Ayala Duval, the reemergence of plankton after a six-decade absence is not connected with fewer numbers of beachgoers due to lockdown measures imposed during the coronavirus pandemic.

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