Bioluminescence creates eerie neon-blue glowing lights (Photos and Videos)

You want an amazing natural phenomenon?

Look at these incredible pictures of bioluminescent phytoplankton! And suddenly the water turned fluorescent blue!

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plankton bioluminescence in Maldives – January 2014

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?

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phytoplankton bioluminescence in Maldives – January 2014

While vacationing on the Maldives Islands, Taiwanese photographer Will Ho stumbled onto an incredible stretch of beach covered in millions of bioluminescent phytoplankton.

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The beach has literaly been alight with eerie, glowing waves. And how do you like these fireflies?

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strange animal behavior: bioluminescence phytoplankton

How is this phenomenon working?

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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