Mysterious glowing blue light hidden in the waves off the coast of some of the world’s most gorgeous shorelines has offered some stunning scenery for excited travelers. The bright mystical light creeps up the crests of waves and spills onto the sandy shores at night and bewildered many of the beach visitors for a time.
The shimmering creatures in the waves
According to an article in National Geographic, the odd specks of light are the result of a biological process caused by luminous marine microbes called phytoplankton. Harvard marine biologist and bioluminescence expert Woodland Hastings told National Geographic that all the spots he has visited across the Atlantic and Pacific have been bioluminescent, but nightly beach goers rarely have an opportunity to see waves that glitter as brightly as some well known waters.
There are three beaches with particularly bright night shores, according to BBC Travel. Tourists traveling to these locations have the best chances of seeing one of the brilliant blue shows play out on the coastline.
The most popular blue glowing beaches, Maldives has had many visitors that say this beach is perfect for viewing the mysterious phytoplankton. The months from July to February are particularly good for seeing the bioluminescent creatures. Experts recommend that travelers roam the coastline during a new moon, as the increased darkness can help the glowing waves stand out. The BBC claims that the most viewed popular pictures of the glowing tides have been taken on the eastern islands of Mudhdhoo, Vaadhoo and Rangali.
Mosquito Bay on the island of Vieques has been called Bioluminescent Bay because of its strong blue glow. The brightness of the bay makes this location a widely popular tourist attraction, and many eager travelers sign up for weekend kayak tours that go up and down the beach side.
The Southern California city is a hot spot for algae blooms, which occur during varying years and change the shade of the ocean water. Here, millions of phytoplankton turn the crashing waves red by day and bright blue at night. A hard phenomena to predict, the algae blooms can attract many surfers with ambitions to drift over the shimmering waves. Unlike algae in other areas that can be considered toxic and make water activities dangerous, the algae blooms that occur off the coasts of San Diego are not considered harmful.