Bioluminescent Beaches

January 21st, 2014 | Space

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I’ve only seen bioluminescent plankton once before during a night swim in Halong Bay, Vietnam. It was unforgettable. Every movement through the water created a surreal glowing trail in its wake. The magical images above were captured by Taiwanese photographer, Will Ho, during a recent trip to the Maldives. The phytoplankton do not glow all the time, but instead are activated by disturbances in their environment such as the crashing waves.

You can read all about the science of bioluminescence here, and you can find more photographs from Ho on his Flickr page.


[via My Modern Met]

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