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Super blood moon and lunar eclipse

Te Kauwhata, New Zealand / May 2021 Just back from a very late one, filming the super blood moon and lunar eclipse. After a nervous week with cloud cover threatening to spoil the show, we decided to base ourselves just south of Auckland and away from ...

Another stunning neon blue show of bioluminescence

I had just sat down to relax after a long hike when my phone started buzzing. Reports from my fellow "bio hunters" came flooding in that Tindall's Beach (Auckland's Hibiscus Coast) was glowing blue. This was unusual as normally bioluminescence is only present during the ...

Forecasting a bioluminescent light show

I often marvel when something happens that’s out of the ordinary. Being treated to blooms of bioluminescent algae which turn the ocean into a dazzling neon light show is otherworldly. Marine bioluminescence is a chemical reaction manifesting in the form of light that occurs when single-celled ...

How to see bioluminescence in the ocean

Ten years ago, I was out paddling in the Bay of Islands, New Zealand when I noticed a distinctive sparkle emitting from the ocean. I later learned that this was a microalgae that emits a bioluminescent blue glow when disturbed at night. I later witnessed ...