Mexico – In a magical spectacle, First Time in 60 years Bioluminescent Plankton Lights Up Puerto Marques Beach at Acapulco

For the first time in 60 years, some lucky residents of Mexico walking along the Puerto Marqués beach in Acapulco were treated to a special light show when the shore lit up with bioluminescence on Monday, the Daily Mail reported.

The rare occurrence was the byproduct of a ‘biochemical reaction’ caused by the microorganisms in the water off Puerto Marqués beach, according to Acapulco’s tourism board.

Marine biologist Enrique Ayala Duval dismissed the idea that spread quickly through social media that the extraordinary episode was due to the recent lack of human activity in the beach.

‘Bioluminescence is the light produced as a result of a biochemical reaction in which most of the time luciferin [protein], molecular oxygen and ATP [adenosine triphosphate] take part, which reacts by means of the enzyme luciferase in the following way: oxygen oxidizes luciferin, luciferase accelerates the reaction, and ATP provides the energy for the reaction, producing noticeable water and light at night,’ Ayala Duval wrote on

 ‘There is a hypothesis that the bioluminescence that exists today is the result of evolution,’ Ayala Duval continued. ‘Initially, when the Earth’s atmosphere had an almost zero concentration of oxygen and oxygen was gradually increasing due to the increasing presence of photosynthetic organisms, organisms were released from oxygen, which was then toxic to them with the bioluminescence reaction producing water.’

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