« BackLuminescent sea-sparkle spectacle drawing people to Kerry

Thousands of sprat created some spectacle this morning by the lough gates of the canal in Blennerville.

A naturally occurring phenomenon, the sprat are chased by autumn mackerel which causes them to accumulate in large numbers.

A number of other factors have contributed to the gathering of sprat – also seen recently in Maharees – including the recent calm weather conditions.

Director of Dingle Oceanworld Kevin Flannery with head penguin keeper Louise Overy. Photo by Marian O'Flaherty

Marine biology expert Kevin Flannery said that a Noctiluca Bloom, which creates a bio-luminescent glow at night, is also causing the sprat to accumulate in this manner.

He says currently people are flocking to Kerry to witness the sea-sparkle spectacle for themselves.