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This Breathtaking Algae Bloom Is One Reason To Go To The Beach At Night

If only algae looked this amazing all the time.

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As if Tasmania wasn't pretty enough, the island was treated to a gorgeous bioluminescence event overnight.

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There were sightings of this breathtaking phenomenon at Rocky Cape, Burnie and Somerset in the state's northwest.

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According to the Smithsonian Institute, bioluminescence - the ability to glow in the dark - occurs when marine organisms experience physical disturbance such as hitting rocks or waves.

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And these ones seem like they were really riding that wave!

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Although Tasmania has delighted in this occurrence several times in the past, it's fairly rare on the northwest coast.

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"This is the first time we've had the 'Sea Sparkle' up in our neck of the woods," a local tourism board said in an Instagram post.

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