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Magical Photos Capture Glowing Blue Bioluminescent Plankton At Welsh Beach

This incredible scene greeted photographers on the Welsh coast this week. It is a natural phenomenon caused by bioluminescent plankton which gives the sea a stunning blue glow.

The mesmerising sight was captured by photographer Lee McGrath on the popular Southerndown beach near Bridgend at 3am on Friday. He said: “Me and a couple [of] other local photographers go looking for the plankton this time of year, I was fortunate again to be one of the first to see it again this year.

“It’s always magical to see and a real pleasure to capture it on camera. I also recently caught the northern lights locally so to catch both so close to home is amazing.” For the latest Bridgend news, sign up to our newsletter here

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It’s not the first time that Lee – a Neath Port Talbot hospital worker and photography hobbyist – has captured the sight, having produced similar photographs of the algae-like species on Caswell Bay at the Gower coast. He warned others hoping to catch a glimpse of the bewitching sight to prioritise their safety.

“I would just advise people who go to the beach at night to be careful, keep and eye on the tides and you do not need a torch to see this so lights are to be kept to a minimum,” he said.

It’s not the first time Lee has pictured the sight

Lee said it was ‘magical’

The glow happens when bioluminescent plankton, tiny creatures floating in the sea, emit light when they are disturbed by a predator or movement. It is impossible to predict where the plankton will be on a given night, so people are discouraged from making long journeys to see the plankton at a specific location.

Patience is also recommended for those who are able to visit local coastlines. The plankton is usually spotted during astronomical twilight, which is between 11pm and 3.30am in the UK in June and July.

However, the phenomenon has been spotted as late in the year as October and November.

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