A blue glow is lighting up the Indian River Lagoon

PORT ST. LUCIE, Fla. - A blue, electric glow is lighting up the Indian River Lagoon in St. Lucie County.

“This is the most fantastic light show on the planet,” said Dr. Edie Widder of the Ocean Research & Conservation Association.  “I mean it is incredible. You kind of have to see it to believe it.”

The natural light show is drawing attention across the Treasure Coast. Widder said the bioluminescent light is not a sign of a problem, it’s just plankton.

“They only flash when they are disturbed because it’s actually a defense,” said Widder. “So when they’re predator tries to eat them they flash.”

Widder said the glow used to be quite common, but to see it this far south is rare. She said the nutrients in the water and our recent rainfall seem to be creating the perfect combination.

“You have to have healthy water for that color to show,” Widder said. “It should be on everybody’s bucket list to see this it is breathtaking.”
 

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