RED TIDE: Like other wonders of the ocean -- hi, grunion -- that periodically appear and disappear, red tide has science and explanation and fact behind it. Still. The bioluminescent display is mysterious and lovely and poetic, too, meaning it is one of those rare instances when science and magic actually do kind of come together. Okay. We're swooning over the photo above, snapped by Kevin Baird (thanks San Diego for sharing it with us). And we're hoping that anyone visiting the San Diego area or North County tonight or tomorrow can still catch the tail end. (As the moon grows brighter the bioluminescence will be harder to detect; here's more interesting information on everything red tide).
Algae is at the heart of the mystery. Oh algae. We'll never take you for granted again.