What you’re seeing is actually millions of microscopic organisms called bioluminescent phytoplankton.
Some of the most spectacular photographs have been captured from one location, Vaadhoo Island, Maldives, which has been nicknamed the sea of stars.
The Maldives is a tropical nation in the Indian Ocean composed of 26 ring-shaped atolls, which are made up of more than 1,000 coral islands. (cre: Wonder World)
It’s a natural chemical reaction with a fancy name, bioluminescence, which takes place when the water is disturbed by oxygen.
Phytoplankton, the marine microorganisms in the water have a blue luminescence that occurs as they produce toxins that are harmful to fish, humans and other creatures, so though they look all pretty and magical, they’re actually not so friendly.
The phytoplankton’s blue glow is like a defense mechanism which wards off other marine organisms from eating them.
The phytoplankton will continue to glow inside the fish that eat them, which means, in turn, they will make bigger predators go after them. (cre: Evening standard)
Nguyen Mai Huong