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The Maldives

Selfie With Sam | 7-14 yrs | Reading Pod, Animation

Maldives Glowing Seashore

Maldives is magical in true sense of the word. I am standing on a seashore in Maldives and as you can see, under my paws, the whole sea shore is lit-up in twilight blue. This is no illusion! I’m standing on water that glows! In fact, this is a rather normal occurrence.

This effect is created by microscopic organisms called bioluminescent phytoplankton, or dinoflagellates. These tiny organisms emit light and glow when they are stressed, which happens when they are moved around by waves. When stressed, they produce a chemical called luciferin, which causes them to emit “cold light” i.e. less than 20% of the light generates heat. The effect is gorgeous, to say the least.

The beautiful night sky, and clean, white sand beaches that look like a field of stars on earth are truly a sight to behold. It’s ironic that what causes them stress is actually a stress reliever for us.

You guys just have to come here to check this out!