NATURE is at its best when it confounds you with effects bordering on the magical.
The Northern Lights, for instance. We know the scientific explanation for them, but they still seem other-worldly.
So imagine walking along a beach and seeing the sand emitting a sparkling blue light beneath your feet.
Phosphorescence – which is what I’m talking about – isn’t common in British waters, I think; so it was interesting, when browsing about Marsden Bay for one of today’s pictures,that I came across a record of it there in the 1930s.
The report came from a JI Brown who had encountered the phenomenon and was recommending Gazette readers to go at night, at low water, to experience its ‘cold blue light’ for themselves.
Phosphorescence, he explained, was caused by microscopic creatures and it was the first time he had heard of it being seen so far north.
Actually, Mr (or Miss?) Brown turns out to be almost as interesting, being described as an MSc, of The Laboratory, Frederick Street, Shields.