Vaadhoo Island, Maldives. It looks like something from Avatar, but it’s real! The famous group of islands are known for being a heaven on Earth. But Vaadhoo Island has a lot of surprises, that are revealed at night. Like the romantic, Glowing blue tide.
The biological light, or bioluminescence, in the waves is the product of marine microbes called phytoplankton—and now scientists think they know how some of these life-forms create their brilliant blue glow. The most common type of marine bioluminescence is generated by phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates. A recent study has for the first time identified a special channel in the dinoflagellate cell membrane that responds to electrical signals—offering a potential mechanism for how the algae create their unique illumination.
—Ker Than, National Geographic.
And then on the first day, phytoplankton said: Let there be light. And there was light.
Justin Carmack, True Nomads
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