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Hong Kong Waterfront Glows Fluorescent Blue

by / January 27, 2015

In Hong Kong, toxic and polluted waters have created something beautiful -- an indigo glow along the seashores.

This fluorescent coloring is created by an algae bloom called Noctiluca scintillans, which is more commonly known as 'Sea Sparkle." Though the algae itself is not toxic, it is triggered by -- and feeds off of -- farm pollution that can be devastating to marine life and local fisheries, according to University of Georgia oceanographer Samantha Joye.

The occurrence of these massive blooms eventually damages the marine environment --  they consume large amounts of oxygen that ultimately creates dead zones, which makes water no longer capable of sustaining marine life.