🤔🤔🤔🤔 There’s A #GlowInTheDark #Beach
In The #Maldives
. Yes, Really.
There’s a beach way down in the Maldives that looks like something out of a #sciencefiction
the Maldives are sometimes treated to a natural phenomenon that turns the night-time #ocean
into a field of glowing stars. As waves break on the sandy shore or bare feet step into wet sand a bright green-blue glow appears. This magical effect is caused by #bioluminescentplankton
that often appears in warm #coastalwaters
What makes #bioluminescent
Scientists have only recently discovered that this type of plankton glows when they are moved because of stress - ironic when you consider how relaxing the sight of the #shimmering
waves are in the dark night. #Bioluminescence
is used as a defence mechanism to draw predators towards the creature trying to eat the plankton. The tiny flashes of light also disorientate and surprise the predator.
These tiny organisms produce #light
using a chemical called #luciferin
. The process of creating a bioluminescent light, which is simply light produced within a living creature, differs between #organisms
. Some need a particular food or another creature for the effect to happen. But this type of plankton, called #dinoflagellates
, produce luciferin on their own. The light the tiny plankton emit is called ‘#coldlight
’, meaning less than 20% of the light generates heat.
Huge areas of the ocean can become populated by glowing plankton but the effect is especially common in warm-water #lagoons
that have narrow openings to the #sea
. This causes the plankton to gather and become trapped, causing the water to turn orange.