The most magical algal blooms in the world might be those that occur along the southern coast of California, where the shorebreak occasionally glows with an otherworldly majesty. A bioluminescent species of phytoplankton there called Lingulodinium polyedrum emits a neon-blue light in response to stress, causing the waves to light up as they crash.
It's a spectacular sight to witness. Surfers even occasionally use the opportunity to hang 10 in the sparkling sea. Watch them ride the glistening waves below.