It’s such an unbelievable site, you might believe these images weren leaked from Avatar 2.

Nature never ceases to amaze us with its hidden beauties. Though we don’t get to see much of it since we get lost in the struggles of our daily lives, the internet thankfully quenches our curiosity.

Of course, one can never compare witnessing volcanic lighting with their eyes to seeing the northern lights in a picture, but without these astonishing photographs, we would all have to quite our jobs and travel the world full-time. That actually doesn’t sound too bad, actually…

Even if you were to start traveling, some of these events are so rare that chances are you won’t get to see them even if you were to plan everything to the most minute detail. Luck is what you need, and luck is what Patrick Coyne had, as he received a call from a friend , alerting him about the red tide.

A red tide basically brings a chance of bioluminescent activity with it. Bioluminescence is the natural act of emitting a neon-ish light by living organisms, as a way of communicating, defending themselves, or attracting mates. And when it happens in pitch-black water, it creates a mystical sight to see.

And that’s what Coyne was blessed to have witnessed when he got to the harbor.

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There were dolphins swimming in bioluminescent waters, which gave them have a TRON-like turquoise glow. The talented photographer also returned to the scene a few days later to get even better shots.

“After finding out about the red tide, I went down to Newport to initially film the waves crashing and then later ended up getting the dolphin footage with whale watching company Newport Coastal Adventure who took me out on a private ride to specifically go capture footage of the dolphins,” added Coyne.

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Last night was truly one of the most magical nights of my life. Capt. Ryan @lawofthelandnsea of @newportcoastaladventure invited me along to capture rare video of Dolphins swimming in bioluminescence. The first time I saw this actually filmed was a few months back while watching a Night on Earth documentary on Netflix. The second I saw that footage it became a dream of mine to one day capture something similar and that’s exactly what we did. This was by far the most challenging video I’ve shot for a number of reason. For starters the bioluminescence has sweet spots to where it shows up and then fades away so while on the water it’s impossible to just find it. Not only that but actually finding any type of animal in pitch black is just so ridiculously hard. Conditions have to be absolutely perfect the bioluminescence to show up and to have an animal swim through it so we can film it. On top of all that just trying to nail the focus at such a wide aperture with something moving in the water was a nightmare. We were out for a few hours and on our final stretch back we finally had 2 Dolphins pop up to start the incredible glowing show. A few minutes later and we were greeted by a few more which was incredible. I’m honestly still processing this all and I can’t thank @newportcoastaladventure enough for having me out because without them none of this would be possible. Be sure to check our their edit from last night as well! I hope you all enjoy this video. ——————————————————————————— Shot on a Sony a7Sii with a Rokinon 35mm Cine DS T1.5 Len. Shutter speed: 1/50 Aperture T2 ISO 80,000

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Considering shooting videos and taking pictures at night is one of the hardest things to do with a camera, we’re very fortunate Patrick isn’t your regular old hobby photographer. If you think the view is fantastic, imagine how much more beautiful it would be to see it live.

Though Coyne makes it look easy, what happened in the videos could actually be considered as a once in a lifetime event. Bioluminescence is one of the rarest occurrences in the wild. In this case, not only did it happen near a shore, but Coyne was also lucky enough to live close to the sight.

Well, he probably used all of his luck for this occurrence and will probably never win the lottery for the remaining of his life but some could argue it was all worth it. After all, memories are the only thing that matters and even all the money in the world would not be able to buy this experience.

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