Look at These Spectacular Images of the “Underwater Northern Lights” by Nature Shooter Brett Chatwin

All photos ©Brett Chatwin

Brett Chatwin is an amateur nature photographer based in Tasmania, and he captured these stunning images of a rare phenomenon known as the “Underwater Northern Lights.”

What you see here is the eerie glow of bioluminescent algae, often called “sea sparkle,” as it feeds on plankton, fish eggs, and bacteria in shallow water. Scientists think the glow occurs when the algae is “stressed” and is a form of protection.

Chatwin says he uses his photography to introduce others to the beauty of Tasmania, especially on the North West Coast where he lives which is surrounded by gorgeous mountains, rivers, forests, beaches and wildlife.

Much of the scenery Chatwin photographs lies within a two-hour drive from his home, including these images of the brightly glowing algae that sometimes causes a rash in people who enter the water.

In addition to his beautiful seascapes, Chatwin says he loves shooting wildlife, waterfalls, landscapes and macro subjects. You can find more of Chatwin’s work on his Facebook and Instagram pages, and don’t forget to follow us on Instagram at @ShutterbugPix where we’re sharing our favorite photos from our followers.

And be sure to take a look at a story we posted a while back about the incredible bioluminescent “sea fireflies” of Japan.

Via The Express