A photo shows an eerie blue glow illuminating the Washington coastline. What is the cause?

As the photo shows, the photographer captured the eerie blue light shining on the waves of the Washington coast.

Matt Nichols also captured a video showing how light is reflected by a white hat with waves.He posted photos and videos to PNW bioluminescence Facebook group.

“I’m excited to announce that the bioluminescence season has begun!” Nichols wrote. “After spending all these sunny days, I had a premonition that it might be here, and certainly I found a bright blue glowing wave … this is very We hope it is the beginning of a lively bioluminescent season! “

Nichols took a photo on Sunday morning at Cararock Beach 4 in Forks, he told McClutch News. He said that the brilliance was “BioluminescenceAccording to the Discovery Sea Kayak on San Juan Island, this is “the emission of light by living things.”

The bioluminescent organism that causes a blue glow near San Juan Island is “marine dinophyceae … called Noctilka,” the company said.

Nichols said the brilliance he saw was likely to come from dinophyceae.

“I think we can reach Puget Sound, but the light pollution there can hinder the experience,” said Nichols. “Algae breed in warm and mild conditions, so we expected them to be present after this record-breaking warm day.”

by State Oceanic Administration, “Bioluminescence is typically used to warn or avoid predators, to seduce or detect prey, and to communicate between members of the same species.”

Nichols first encountered this phenomenon last summer while taking pictures of the stars at Ruby Beach in Olympic National Park.

“I tried to find them over and over again, but in the end I learned what conditions were needed to make them visible,” he told McClutch.

To see bioluminescence in the waves on the Washington coast, there should be little or no light pollution, Nichols said. The best time to see it is during the new moon, or “when the moon sets, the darkest part of the night”.