The sea and oceans have always been a fascination for the tourists. Most of the famous vacation points revolve around beaches. The island Vaadho located in Maldives is one such place famous for naturally glittering and sparkling sea water also known as “the Sea of Stars”. The sparking in the sea is common phenomena in Maldives but in Vadhoo Island it is prominent and phenomenal. Vadhoo is a small island with a population of round about 500 inhabitants.
Mostly tourists visit the sea side in the early morning or noon to see the thrashing waves in day light and enjoy the beauty of the sea to the fullest. The dazzling Sea of Stars glitters at night. The view is simply magical. The shining blue light through the clear water is similar to hundreds of stars shining brightly in the clear sky.
The bioluminescence generated in the Sea of Stars is due to phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates. The phenomenon of illumination was studied by Woodland Hastings of Harvard University. The research results revealed that the cell membrane of dinoflagellates has a special channel that can respond to electric signals resulting in generating a potential mechanism to create illumination in algae. The sparking phytoplanktons cannot be seen individually but when together they can be observed as sparkling light.
In Vaadho Island you can feel the warm crystal clear water under your feet on white sandy beaches surrounded by palm trees. The climate of Maldives is warm throughout the year. These glistening dots of light can be observed while taking a walk along the shore and watching the tides swiftly spreading them along the flow.
The Sea of Stars is an amazing unusual beach with a light giving off phenomena when there is some kind of agitation. The reason is that most of the protists give off light when they are disturbed e.g. tides coming on the shore or surfing etc. The glittering can also be observed after placing foot prints on sand. The made impression will glow like a neon display due to the Sea Sparkles.
Maldives is a popular tourist destination and Vadhoo Island is a unique addition to it. The phenomenon of glittering sea can also be observed in some other parts of the world including Japan and some other countries but it is more prominent in Maldives.
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