Today the Department of Awesome Natural Wonders transports us to the Maldive Islands. It was there that Taiwanese photographer Will Ho encountered a beach covered in a magical starry carpet made of millions of bioluminescent phytoplankton.
"These tiny organisms glow similarly to fireflies and tend to emit light when stressed, such as when waves crash or when they are otherwise agitated. While the phenomenon and its chemical mechanisms have been known for some time, biologists have only recently began to understand the reasons behind it.”
Visit Will Ho’s Flickr stream for additional photos of this marvelous sight.