Vaadhoo Island has a lot of surprises, that are revealed at night. The mesmerising glittering water looks like a mirror that reflects the magical stars above.
The breathtaking phenomenon is caused when dinoflagellates, a species of plankton, emit a bright blue light as their cell membranes respond to electrical signals and glow. The species create the most romantic natural lighting in the world.
It is a common occurrence on the Vaadhoo island, which is an inhabited island in the Raa Atoll.
The incredible image was taken by photographer Doug Perrine during a visit to Vaadhoo, one of the Raa Atoll islands in the Maldives.
Many undersea organisms ‘glow’, especially creatures that live at depths where light from the surface is less likely to penetrate.
The smell of decay, caused by rotting kelp, plankton and fish often accompanies the event as the red algae starves the water of oxygen and light.