How would you feel when you are going to the seashore at night and see it illuminated by the blue glow? Would you be mesmerized by this phenomenon? Or you may be a bit scared because you think of an alien invasion starting from the sea? No need to worry. Despite the rarity of the event, blue glow in the sea isn’t something weird or odd. It is amazing, yes, but it isn’t a form of alien invasion or whatsoever. It is really natural and scientific as long as you understand the facts.
Bioluminescent Beach Phenomenon
When you see the sea having a blue glow at night, it is called the bioluminescent. The light is actually created and the emitted by the living organism – not the alien race or whatsoever. There are only some beaches in the world with this bioluminescent phenomenon. The one in the Maldives is one of them, and so are the ones in Jamaica, San Diego, Vietnam, Australia, and Thailand.
In the Maldives alone, the beach known with this bioluminescent phenomenon is the Vaadhoo or Mudhdhoo Island. The sea planktons are believed to be responsible for it. They are the ones producing the lights which are visibly seen at night. It seems that the sea is filled with microorganisms and microbes with a natural ability to produce a vibrant blue glow. As the result, the sea has this ethereal view that is amazing and gorgeous. Because of the phenomenon, many tourists coming to the Maldives want to see the glow-in-the-dark beach.
The Science of Bioluminescent Phenomenon
As it was mentioned before, there are several types of plankton that would glow or produce lights when they are distressed. When they are distressed, they would move about – and the lights are produced. The lights are basically their defence mechanism. Not only it can surprise or disorientate the predators, but it can also attract the predators to the creature wanting to eat the plankton.
The light is produced by luciferin, a type of chemical that can produce the glow. Each organism has their own way to produce the light. Some can produce their own luciferin while some require eating a living creature to cause such a thing to happen. In the end, this natural occurrence is pretty unique and it makes Maldives special.
About Vaadhoo Island
The Maldives is the home of many islands, including Raa Atoll. Vaadhoo Island is just one among the many. Despite its small size, less than 500 inhabitants, this small island has gained international popularity because of the glow. A lot of people call is the Sea of Stars because of the blue glow. In the past, not many people knew about the glowing beach because it was considered the secret of the island. But now since the secret is out, travellers are coming to this area to enjoy the breathtaking view.
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Coming to Vaadhoo Island
As a part of the Maldives, Vaadhoo Island is easy to reach. The Maldives has a capital city called Male, and Vaadhoo Island is 8 kilometres away from Male. As the capital city, Male has an international airport. The best way for you to reach Vaadhoo Island is to fly to Male and then continue your journey with a speedboat. It takes 15 minutes from Male to the island. The best time to see the brightest bioluminescent phenomenon in the Maldives is between June and October.
What to Do in Vaadhoo Island
Naturally, as one of the popular tourist destinations in the world, there are plenty of spots to explore or visit. But then again, you can always enjoy the peaceful night at the beach. You can simply sit and enjoy the view. Or you can take a stroll on the beach, let the water touch your feet, and soak in the atmosphere.
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