Doug Perrine captured these stunning photographs in the Maldives. The particular location (Vaadhoo Island) has a concentrated population of bioluminescent phytoplankton. Bioluminescence is a natural chemical reaction which occurs when a micro-organism in the water reacts with oxygen. When washed ashore by the tides, the phytoplankton’s chemical energy is turned into light energy, illuminating the waves.
I got certified for Night Diving a few years ago, and playing with the plankton is kind of my favourite. If you wave your hands underwater like a water bender, it lights up and is awesome, and I am kind of a nerd, and I realise that now.