Magical, awe-inspiring and mysterious are all words to describe these places that glow in the dark.
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Toyama Bay, Japan While most bioluminescence is created by dinoflagellates, another sea creature illuminates this inlet: the firefly squid. These tiny creatures emit a deep blue light that is at its peak during spawning season from March to June each year.
Halong Bay, Vietnam Travellers to this UNESCO World Heritage Site are known to take midnight swims to see the black water illuminate their bodies, watch a cresting wave of light, or see their footprints glowing in the sand.
Vaadhoo Island, Maldives Here the dinoflagellate population creates a sparkling spectacle that has earned it the name “sea of stars.” The mesmerizing shining water looks like a mirror that reflects the flickering stars above.
Laguna Grande, Fajardo, Puerto Rico Laguna Grande is a tourist hotspot. The plankton in this region put on quite the show and when first spotted by Spanish sailors in the 17th century, they believed it was the devil causing the glow.
Puerto Mosquito, Vieques, Puerto Rico This lagoon was once the brightest bioluminescent bay in the world with very high concentrations of plankton. Last year, it stopped putting on a show and it is being studied and monitored back to health.