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[PHOTOS] Stunning 'Aurora' Spotted At Malaysian Beaches. But It's Not What You Think

Netizens reported seeing the 'northern lights' in Pulau Pangkor and Langkawi.

Cover image via @ZareenH_s (Twitter) & @FazreenIdham (Twitter)

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A Twitter thread that is going viral right now is about the spotting of an 'aurora' at a Malaysian beach

Emerald sky with jade-coloured sea.

It's a stunning view that many Malaysians didn't know our beaches can offer.

However, are those really the northern lights at our shores?

A curious tweet by netizen Zareen Sejahan has gotten other clueless Malaysians wondering.

"The sky turned out to be so beautiful but we are unsure of its source," Zareen tweeted yesterday, 8 March.

"It looks like the northern lights to us but that is kinda impossible," she added while tagging the official Twitter handle of the Malaysian Meteorological Department to confirm the sighting.

Speaking to SAYS, Zareen said she took the photo at 8.18pm on Tuesday.

The photo was taken at Pantai Pasir Bogak, Pulau Pangkor.

Within just minutes, Zareen received an answer from a fellow Malaysian

Netizen @FazreenIdham said that the light source came from the squid jigging activity carried out by local fishermen.

"This happens a lot in Langkawi," he said.

Meanwhile, netizen @USsyabeill also shared a photo of a similar view she encountered

When contacted by SAYS, the Twitter user said that she took the photo at Pantai Chenang, Langkawi at the end of January.

Zareen, @FazreenIdham, and @USsyabeill all told SAYS that the photos were taken with iPhone 11 Pro or newer.

All of them said the sceneries look just like the photos they took, with Zareen adding that the photos may have looked a little bit brighter than in real life.

Squid jigging is a fishing method where vessels use large overhead lights to illuminate the water and attract squid.

They will gather in the shaded area under the boat as a result of that.

The squid are then caught using barbless lures on monofilament fishing lines, which are jigged up and down in the water by machines.

The green sky and sea as seen in the photos are likely light pollution generated from the overhead lamps.

If you wish to see the 'aurora' as well, a Langkawi resident — who only wishes to be known as Steven — said the stunning view comes once in a blue moon.

"Ya, it's a common sight (the green lights)," said Steven, adding, "But the photos are just the phone's night photography effect kicking in."

"Normally, it's just multiple green dots you see at the horizon unless there's a full moon and it's super cloudy, I assume."

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