Bioluminescent wave captured by NZ photographer Grant Birley

Grant Birley (Ch@sing_HorizoNZ), an Auckland-based photographer is one of the few lucky ones who managed to capture mother nature's amazing bio-luminescent waves on camera. As Wikipedia tells us, bioluminescence is the production and emission of light by a living organism. From marine plankton and fungus to glow worms and even crabs, bio-luminescence is a chemical reaction and, in essence, is one of the most fascinating things to observe if you happen to be in the right place at the right time.


Charles Darwin noticed bioluminescence in the sea, describing it in his journal as follows:

“While sailing in these latitudes on one very dark night, the sea presented a wonderful and most beautiful spectacle. There was a fresh breeze, and every part of the surface, which during the day is seen as foam, now glowed with a pale light. The vessel drove before her bows two billows of liquid phosphorus, and in her wake she was follow