Ocean of Stars: Millions of Bioluminescent Phytoplankton Glittering Along Maldives Beach
These unbelievable photos are taken by Taiwanese photographer Will Ho who stumbled onto an incredible stretch of Maldives beach covered in millions of bioluminescent phytoplankton. It just like movie “Avatar”, ocean waters that light up like neon glow sticks when they splash.
According to marine biologist, 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. Not sure is that something harmful. But the photo looks just quite impressive. You can find more on Google image search about this phenomenon.