What a perfectly natural occurrence at Maldives Beach. A taiwanese photographer, William Ho, has captured these glistening dots of light on a beach in the Maldives. These amazing dots are caused by microscopic organisms called bioluminescent phytoplankton, or Lingulodinium polyedrum.
These plankton are part of a red tide, which is when the population of phytoplankton like these explodes in a certain location, coloring the water a dull orange-red.
At night, these organisms react to changes in water tension and to acidity by giving off light, so every wave break and paddle causes them to give off light.