Star trails at Pt. Mugu - When conditions are right the algea off the coast blooms and can create Red Tides. When the algea gets excited by the movement of the wave it triggers the bioluminescence, a defense response. The more algea the more light.
Malibu Pt. Mugu -
Milky Way and the glowing waves. The blue light is caused by a massive red tide, or algae bloom, of bioluminescent phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyedrum. ... The result is a cool glowing ocean.
TODAY - Monday, July 31, 2017. The Moon today is in a Waxing Gibbous phase. This phase is when the moon is more than 50% illuminated but not yet a Full Moon. The phase lasts round 7 days with the moon becoming more illuminated each day until the Full Moon.