It Looks Like A Scene From 'Avatar', But This Is Real. I'm Still Picking My Jaw Up Off The Floor

February 3, 2014

While vacationing on the Maldives Islands, Taiwanese photographer Will Ho stumbled onto an incredible stretch of beach covered in millions of bioluminescent phytoplankton.

Bio-luminescent phytoplankton
Photo: Will Ho

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.

Bio-luminescent phytoplankton
Photo: Will Ho

The phenomenon looks like a scene right out of the movie Avatar.

Bio-luminescent phytoplankton
Photo: Will Ho

It's beautiful.

Bio-luminescent phytoplankton
Photo: Will Ho

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