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#MarineWildlife - Bioluminescent wildlife off Dingle and Ventry has attracted hundreds of onlookers in recent days to see the phenomenon known as 'sea sparkle'.

According to, the mesmerising clouds of tiny lights in the water are the result of Noctiluca scintillans, a bioluminescent type of phytoplankton that's currently massed in an algal bloom off the Kerry coast.

Once night falls, and provided conditions are as settled as they have been recently, their lights can be seen from the shore like a 'fire of the sea', as per their nickname.

It brings to mind the similar 'glow in the dark' marine creatures in the unique habitat of Lough Hyne, as previously reported on

Published in Marine Wildlife

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