Bioluminescent Plankton

With all the bioluminescence that has been happening on the South Wales coastline recently, it meant we just had to get out and see it for ourselves. It had been seen on Oxwich Bay on Friday night, so Saturday night saw us at Oxwich Bay waiting for the magic to happen. But nothing happened…. There were a lot of disappointed people. As I came back to the car from checking out the water, a car pulled up and said he was about to lock the carpark so we left quickly. Other people weren’t so lucky and had to spend the night in the car park! We quickly checked out Port Eynon, but that had no plankton either so we headed to Aberavon where that had been sightings earlier in the evening. As soon as we got there at around 2:15am, we knew we had found it. With my shoes on, I waded straight into the water and got down low to get the shot I wanted with the waves right up to the camera.

Bioluminescent Plankton at Aberavon, Wales

Bioluminescent Plankton at Aberavon, Wales

There were a lot of people on the beach watching the phenomenon. The waves sparkled, water dripping off my legs was bright blue, it was one of the most incredible sights we have ever seen!

Bioluminescent Plankton at Aberavon, Wales

Bioluminescent Plankton at Aberavon, Wales

Up on the pier, people were throwing rocks into the water – if you look at the photo below, you can see their splash to the right!

Bioluminescent Plankton at Aberavon, Wales

Bioluminescent Plankton at Aberavon, Wales

After I took this photo, the intensity of the blue died right down and although we could still see it with our eyes, the camera didn’t pick it up so well. We stayed for quite a while longer before leaving and getting to bed at 4am, 23 hours after I had go up for the day!

2 comments

  1. Daphne Davis says

    Hi, your photos are amazing! I have just come back from Rhosili & saw your exhibition in the National Trust office there – incredible! Thank you for showing them & I just wish I could afford to buy one! I am still learning photography & enjoy taking pics around the Gower, such a beautiful area.

    1. Dan says

      Hi, thank you for your comment. I’m pleased you enjoyed my exhibition. We spoilt with Gower, it is such a diverse area :)

      Dan.

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