L. polyedra are often the cause of red tides in southern California, leading to bioluminescent displays on local beaches at night. The … Scripps has observed red tide blooms in the San Diego-area since the 1980s. The Lingulodinium polyedrum– often abbreviated as “L. Lingulodinium polyedrum, a single cell algae that when in bloom creates what is commonly known as a “red tide.” According to Dr. Peter Franks, a professor of biologics at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in La Jolla, a red tide is a common and completely normal occurrence. A red tide returned to La Jolla Shores this week and left the waters off Scripps Pier aglow in this image captured by UC San Diego photographer Erik Jepsen. Miriam Goldstein October 1, 2011 Blue Whale Eddie Kisfaludy La Jolla Lingulodinium polyedrum phytoplankton red tide San Diego Check out these gorgeous photos of blue whales going through the red tide! By Ned Potter October 5, 2011. Red Tide off California Coast Creates Blue Glow. In a rare occurrence, a tiny organism called Lingulodinium polyedrum causes the tides to look red during the day and glow blue at night. ... known by the species name Lingulodinium polyedrum. Based on observations of the Lingulodinium polyedrum the red tide could persist for … If you would like to read more information about red tides, take a look at the Red Tide leaflet (PDF) on the U.C. Lingulodinium polyedra is a species of motile photosynthetic dinoflagellates. Red Tide Picture. Davis Seafood Network Information Center web site. This time, it’s there, and that’s the cause of the Red Tide Glow moving up the coast from San Diego since Monday. Red tides are aggregations of phytoplankton that get their nighttime illumination from the bioluminescent dinoflagellate Lingulodinium polyedrum. Based on observations of the Lingulodinium polyedrum the red tide could persist for … polyedra”, but best known by its gangsta-rap name “L-Po”– is a bacteria which releases a bioluminescent glow when it is disturbed. Lingulodinium polyedrum red tide dinoflagellate plankton, glows blue when it is agitated in wave and is visible at night. Image ID: 27064 Species: Lingulodinium polyedrum Location: La Jolla, California, USA A wall of gooey red tide foam, close out. The Wedge. Mike / Flickr / CC BY-SA 2.0 Researchers at Scripps Institution of Oceanography at UC San Diego have identified a potential "red tide killer." Scripps has observed red tide blooms in the San Diego-area since the 1980s. Stock Photography of Red Tide… The photo below is of a visible bloom, or "red tide", of the dinoflagellate Lingulodinium polyedrum along the coast of La Jolla, San Diego County (photo courtesy of Kai Schumman).