Sparkling Water of Maldives!
The famous group of islands are known for being a heaven on Earth due to Sparkling water of Maldives. But Vaadhoo Island has a lot of surprises, that are revealed at night.
In Maldives is a 1,192 island nation called the Vaadhoo Island located in the Indian Ocean and Laccadive Sea. It is Asia’s smallest and most geographically dispersed nation with the islands spread over 90,000 square kilometers.
It is known for being a heaven on Earth. Its Sparkling water of Maldives has been named the ‘Sea of stars’.
Glowing waves in the Vaadhoo Island can be explained by bioluminescence or biological light, a chemical process in the body of animals in which liberated energy is released in the form of light which is used as a defence mechanism to either distract or confuse the predators.
In the Vaadhoo Island, this stunning phenomenon of bioluminescence is demonstrated by a species of phytoplanktons (the marine microbes) called dinoflagellates.
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It may look like an alien life-form has washed up on a beach, but this striking neon blue effect is a completely natural phenomenon.
The incredible image was taken by photographer Doug Perrine during a visit to Vaadhoo, one of the Raa Atoll islands in the Maldives.
It captures a natural chemical reaction called bioluminescence, which occurs when a micro-organism in the water is disturbed by oxygen.
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Glittering water of Maldives
The Mesmerizing Sparkling water of Maldives looks like a mirror, that reflects the sparkling stars above. However, the secret is this: phytoplankton – the marine microbes – are bioluminescent and emanate the blue glow.
The species create the most romantic natural lighting in the world.
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The reaction is similar to the ‘glow’ that fireflies use to attract prey or mates.
Although a rare sight on a shoreline, the phenomenon is more commonly seen at sea in the wake of ships that stir up the oxygen in the sea, which causes the bioluminescent bacteria to glow.
Many undersea organisms ‘glow’, especially creatures that live at depths where light from the surface is less likely to penetrate.
The night-time glow is a side-effect of blooming red algae, known as red tide, which can turn entire beaches scarlet and murky during the day.
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The smell of decay, caused by rotting kelp, plankton and fish often accompanies the event as the red algae starves the water of oxygen and light.
By night, there is an increase in microscopic plankton called dynoflagellates, which glow in the dark when disturbed by currents or waves.
Mr Perrine’s photo also shows the Sparkling water of Maldives glow of a ship’s lights on the horizon towards the right of the photo, while the stars in the sky above provide a muted contrast to the blue aura on the beach.
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