|plankton bioluminescence in Maldives – January 2014|
Mysterious Natural Phenomenon: Stressed Plankton Colors Ocean With Eerie Neon-Blue Glowing Light
It looks like something from the movie “Avatar”: ocean waters that light up like neon glow sticks when they splash. What could be causing such an otherworldly phenomenon?
While vacationing on the Maldives Islands,Taiwanese photographer Will Ho stumbled onto an incredible stretch of beach covered in millions of bioluminescent phytoplankton
A CLOSER LOOK:
Why is this HAPPENING??
Take a look at this video:
Bio luminescence Explained
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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. The result is a wickedly cool glowing ocean.
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