Weird Travel Wednesday: Glowing blue tide in Vaadhoo, Maldives

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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.

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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.

Better theory-

And then on the first day, phytoplankton said: Let there be light. And there was light.

Justin Carmack, True Nomads 

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Justin Carmack

Wanderer and diver at True Nomads
I've been on the road for 4.5 years now, visiting 71 countries, 6 continents and endless adventures. Divemaster and SCUBA addict. Travel junkie. World roamer.

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5 Responses to Weird Travel Wednesday: Glowing blue tide in Vaadhoo, Maldives

  1. Nicole @ Suitcase Stories May 2, 2013 at 02:39 #

    Wow Ive never seen anything like that! How beautiful! I would love to witness that in the flesh some day

    • Nomads May 2, 2013 at 04:26 #

      You and me both! A post that took me a long time to finish comes out friday called 100 places to see before you die. The glowing tide is included in there.

  2. Agness May 2, 2013 at 07:23 #

    It just looks incredible, so unreal. Did you walk on the water? How did it feel? I’m so curious!

  3. alvina August 18, 2013 at 19:17 #

    Woow!! Its is super beautiful! Hope 1 day I will be there…. :)

  4. jo November 14, 2013 at 07:57 #

    hey. this looks increadible. how do you get there? can we see this all thru the year, or are there seasons? would love to see this in person so would be great if you could share some info!

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