Bioluminescent Phytoplankton Glowing Waves in California
Islands, Taiwanese photographer Will Ho stumbled onto an incredible stretch of beach covered in 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 identified for some time, biologists have only recently begun to understand the reasons behind it. You can see a few more of Ho’s photographs over on Flickr.