Wow ! Glow in the Dark Beach in Sweden
Glimpses of an alien world? No, this ghostly blue beach is in Sweden and lit up by clusters of glowing plankton
- Millions of plankton glowed to light up a beach on the tiny island of Mjorn in Sweden last Wednesday
- Spectacular natural spectacle was captured by an amateur photographer from Derbyshire who was on holiday
- He said the eerie glowing sight looked like the ‘water was on fire and was certainly mirroring the sky’
- Scientists believe bioluminescent phenomenon is due to plankton being disturbed, causing them to emit light
These neon waves lapping gently at the shore may look supernatural, but they are created by one of nature’s tinniest creatures.
Millions of plankton glowed to light up a beach on the tiny island of Mjorn in Sweden last Wednesday.
Scientists believe the bioluminescent phenomenon is the result of plankton being disturbed, causing them to emit light though a complex chemical reaction.
Organisms such as plankton, fireflies and anglerfish are able to glow by releasing the chemical luciferin, which reacts with oxygen to create light.
Lukasz Warzecha, who lives in High Peak, Derbyshire, photographed the stunning sight while on a trip with to Sweden.
Dr Andy Davies, a marine biologist at Bangor University’s School of Ocean Sciences, explained: ‘The light is created by small organisms called plankton, which are producing this light through a complex chemical reaction.
‘It’s an example of how organisms have evolved complex responses to external stimulus.’
He said that late spring and early summer are the best times to see the phenomenon, so it seems that Mr Warzecha was lucky to witness the eerie spectacle.
Bioluminescence occurs widely among some groups of animals, especially in the open sea and in insects.
‘Most marine light-emission is in the blue and green light spectrum – the wavelengths that pass furthest through seawater,’ he said.
‘However, some loose-jawed fish emit red and infrared light, and the genus Tomopteris emits yellow light.
‘Sometimes thousands of square miles of the ocean shine with the light of bioluminescent bacteria in the milky seas,’ he said.