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The Natural Wonder of Bioluminescence

Among the many wonders that form a part of the planet earth, there isn’t anything like the biological light.
It turns out that putting a certain type of plankton under stress results in one of the most stress relieving sights on the planet earth. Their resultant blue glow creating astral patterns on sea shores.

The organisms emit light when they are stressed, by lapping of waves, the carving action of a surf board or other things, creating the network of stars.

Wonder of Bioluminescence

The biological light, or bioluminescence / bio-luminescence, in the waves is the product of marine microbes called phytoplankton. Their lights can be seen in oceans all around the world but are a rare phenomenon near land. The wonder is also knows as the Sea of stars.
The rare phenomenon was famously used by director “Ang Lee” in his film “Life Of Pi”, using the plankton to illuminate his protagonist who was lost at sea. His film was awarded a Oscar for the best visual effects.

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The Maldives tide turned electric blue.
The main photo are taking on the beach of Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives, a place where a concentrated population of bioluminescent phytoplankton exist.

The phenomenon can be seen other places in the world. Here are listed some of the known places.
Norfolk, UK
Zeebrugge, Belgium
Toyama Bay, Japan
Bali, Indonesia

Read more about the places here

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4 thoughts on “The Natural Wonder of Bioluminescence

  1. I have witnessed these beautiful things on the Western coast of Kauai. The top of the waves would glow blue at night. They could be seen individually in the sand and picked up.

  2. You can see them on the beaches of Koh Lipe, Thailand on special nights. Also when scubadiving at night. It’s wonderful, like swimming in stars!

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