Bioluminescent waves: great for night surfing | Photo: Doug Perrine

Doug Perrine, a marine biology photographer, has captured stunning images of bioluminescent waves, in Vaadhoo Island, Maldives.

The spot holds a concentrated population of bioluminescent phytoplankton, much to the delight of photographers.

Various species of phytoplankton are known to bioluminesce, and when washed ashore by the tides, their chemical energy is turned into light energy, illuminating waves all over the world.

The biological process is ancient, natural and found around the world. If you've never seen it, it's most easily observed on nice, warm beaches after dark.

Surfing heron: enjoying a ride at the San Clemente Pier

While surfing at the San Clemente Pier on Thursday, Jeff Marder rescued a black crowned night heron that was dangling under the deck of the pier, eight to 10 feet above the water, entangled in a strand of old fishing line wrapped around a wooden beam.

Marder explained that in his 35 years of surfing he had never seen anything like it, and was thankful that once the bird was examined, the heron was found to be healthy.

"I was checking him to see if there was any fishing line still attached to him, and he snapped at me a couple of times," Marder said. "That's when I decided to submerge my board under him and gave him a solid place to stand and then proceeded to paddle him to shore.

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Deep Sea Challenge: James Cameron hits rock bottom

James Cameron has successfully dived to the Mariana Trench, the deepest known point in the world's oceans. The Oscar-winning director confirmed his historic solo dive in his one-man submersible.

"@JimCameron has surfaced! Congrats to him on his historic solo dive to the ocean's deepest point," said a tweet from his team. Cameron reached Challenger Deep, an area of the Mariana Trench, located in the western Pacific Ocean at more than 10,900 meters (about 35,800 feet).

The Deepsea Challenger is fully equipped with cameras and robotic arms and dive vertically at speeds of 500 to 700 feet per minute where the strong pressure hits 16,000 pounds per square inch.

The dive took two hours and 36 minutes and he has already resurfaced. "Just arrived at the ocean's deepest pt," Cameron tweeted. "Hitting bottom never felt so good."

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