Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives. Source: National Geographic
While doing my daily read of some of my favorite blogs. I found something else to add to my Bucket List. Gosh that list is gonna get super long! LOL I came across this awesome find while visiting Cotton Pickin Cute. I would love to have an opportunity to see this in person! Anyone up for a midnight swim? Apparently that’s the perfect time to catch this spectacular phenomenon.
Scientists say it’s a completely natural biological (albeit eerie) phenomenon. The shoreline surf is dotted with tiny pinpricks of light. This “bioluminescence” is simply blue light from phytoplankton, microscopic sea creatures that secrete illuminating chemicals as a survival mechanism.
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The glowing is caused by a massive red tide, or algal bloom, of bioluminescent phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyedrum. The microorganisms emit light as a 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 brilliant blue glow.