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Why Is This Beach Glowing In The Dark?

In a glittering display that looks like the cosmos kissed the sand, Maldives beach turned into a sea of sparkling electric blue stars. The most amazing thing is, it’s a natural phenomenon.

Oddly enough, some stressed-out sea creatures caused this spectacular sight. Lingulodinium polyedrum, a type of bioluminescent plankton, washed upon the shore in a massive tide. Normally these tiny organisms go unnoticed, but when under stress, whether from crashing waves or other disturbances, they emit a beautiful glowing light.

Taiwanese photographer Will Ho, captured the breathtaking images of what he thought was “blue sand” and posted them on Flickr.

This isn’t the phytoplankton’s first brush with fame. In the film Life of Pi, director Ang Lee used the glowing organisms to create a dramatic backdrop for his main character. Once again, nature has provided dazzling visual effects worthy of an Oscar.

Photos: Will Ho

This brilliantly lit up sea water is nothing short of special effects, but it's miraculously the work of nature.

Lingulodinium polyedrum, a type of bioluminescent plankton, washed upon the shore in a massive tide.

Normally these tiny organisms go unnoticed, but when under stress, whether from crashing waves or other disturbances, they emit a beautiful glowing light.

Taiwanese photographer Will Ho, captured the breathtaking images of what he thought was “blue sand”

This Maldives beach turned into a sea of sparkling electric blue stars.

Once again, nature has provided dazzling visual effects worthy of an Oscar.

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