Some beaches glow at night because of bioluminescence. (Photo courtesy: Getty Images)
By Daphne Clarance: Beach holiday spots are quite well-liked by travellers. While beaches on the one hand offer a sense of peace to the soul, on the other hand, they quench the eyes’ need for beauty with beautiful scenery. A lot of beaches also feature the characteristic of shimmering at night in addition to elements like the sea and sand.
The process of bioluminescence is responsible for the many beaches that around the world light up at night.
A living thing producing and emitting light is known as bioluminescence. The energy released from the chemical reactions taking place inside the organism is what allows it to emit light. Most animal species in the ocean, from bacteria to sharks, include bioluminescent members.
Phytoplankton, a type of microalgae that floats on the surface of the ocean water, is present on many beaches. They are in charge of giving the water its nighttime luminous bluish hue.
These 5 beaches offer this astounding occurrence.
Beautiful glittery shrimp glow in the dark on the boulders of Okayama beach in Japan. (Photo courtesy: Getty Images)
On the Japanese beach of Okayama, stunning glittering prawn shine in the dark on the rocky outcrops. The 3mm shrimps, often known as sea firefly, actively forage at night by swimming towards the coast. When more water is applied, their radiance rekindles for another 20 to 30 minutes.
Hermosa Beach, California, USA
You can witness the bioluminescent waves at Hermosa Beach in California. (Photo courtesy: Getty Images)
See the bioluminescent waves at Hermosa Beach in California, where tiny phytoplankton called Lingulodinium polyhedra use the light-emitting chemical luciferin to produce blue light. The phytoplankton is what gives the water its ethereal shine at night.
Mattu Beach, Udupi, Karnataka
Mattu Beach is a secluded destination that glows in the night due to the bioluminescence created by the microorganism called Noctiluca. (Photo courtesy: Getty Images)
Mattu Beach, a remote location 10 km from Udupi, sparkles at night thanks to the bioluminescence produced by the bacteria known as Noctiluca. The marine dinoflagellate species, known as sea sparkle, emits blue light when agitated.
Jervis Bay, Australia
The incredible blue illumination of the microorganisms on the waves glow in the dark at Jervis Bay, Australia. (Photo courtesy: Getty Images)
Australia’s Jervis Bay is well known for a number of characteristics. There are many sights to view in this area, including the white sand, the blue waters, and whale watching. Yet, one of them is the amazing blue illumination of the waves’ glowing in the dark microorganisms.
Yellow Sea Dalian, Liaoning, China
The sea in Dalian, China glows at night with shimmery blue light. (Photo courtesy: Getty Images)
In the evening, the sea near Dalian, China, shimmers with a shimmering blue light. Experts claim that a type of plankton called flagellate is the source of the light. Whenever there are specific environmental changes, light is emitted. The radiance shines more brightly when the tides are strong.