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Will Ho, Starry Ocean (2014)

"While vacationing on the Maldives Islands, Taiwanese photographer Will Ho stumbled onto an incredible stretch of beach covered in millions of bioluminescent phytoplankton. These tiny organisms glow similarly to fireflies and tend to emit light when stressed, such as when waves crash or when they are otherwise agitated. While the phenomenon and its chemical mechanisms have been known for some time, biologists have only recently began to understand the reasons behind it. You can see a few more of Ho’s photographs over on Flickr." - Christopher Jobson

The dinoflagellate
Noctiluca scintillans, amongst others, is responsible for blooms like these. When the blooms happen en masse and are disturbed by the rolling action of waves breaking, they’re colloquially given the names “sea sparkles” or “fire of the sea”.

(via thecraftychemist)