Glowing Maldives Beach

Glowing Maldives beach

Glowing Maldives beach

Glowing Maldives beach
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.

Source: Will Ho / Flickr via thisiscolossal

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