Glowing Maldives Beach
Source: Will Ho / Flickr via thisiscolossal
These amazing photos of bioluminescent phytoplankton were captured on the Maldives Islands by Taiwanese photographer Will Ho.
The glowing is caused by a massive red tide, or algae bloom, of bioluminescent phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyedrum. The microorganisms emit light in response to stress, such as when a wave crashes into the shore, a surfboard slashes through the surf, or a kayaker’s paddle splashes the water.