Rare Bioluminescent Beach Spotted In The UAE

If you haven’t been on Instagram over the weekend, then allow me to fill you in on what you missed. Thanks to a massive solar storm, the Arora Borealis spread across various places worldwide. It was seen across countries like the US, UK, Russia and many others. While UAE wasn’t graced by this natural beauty, something else naturally magical was spotted on one of our beaches. Tiny blue sparkles have been seen sprawled across the Khorfakkan beach, illuminating the beach at night. If you think this wonder is worth seeing, then come with me, and I’ll tell you all the mesmerising details you need to know about the bioluminescent in Khoorfakkan.

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What Is A Bioluminescent Beach?

A bioluminescent beach is a rare natural phenomenon where the water and sand glow with a mesmerizing blue light at night. This magical display is caused by the presence of bioluminescent plankton, tiny marine organisms that emit light through a chemical reaction when they are disturbed. As the waves crash against the shore or you walk along the beach, these plankton light up, creating a breathtaking sight. You can catch this beauty for yourself on Khorfakkan Beach, Sharjah.

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The Science Behind The Glow

Bioluminescent plankton, also known as dinoflagellates, produce light through a chemical reaction called bioluminescence. This reaction involves a light-emitting molecule called luciferin and an enzyme called luciferase. When the luciferin reacts with oxygen in the presence of luciferase, it produces light. This natural light show is not only beautiful but also serves as a defence mechanism for the plankton, helping them evade predators.

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Bioluminescent Beaches Around The World

Khorfakkan Beach is not the only place where you can witness this magical phenomenon. Bioluminescent beaches can be found in various parts of the world. To name a few:

Vaadhoo Island, Maldives

Vaadhoo Island in the Maldives is famous for its bioluminescent beach, where the waters are illuminated by phytoplankton known as dinoflagellates. When disturbed, these tiny organisms emit a blue glow, creating a surreal and romantic atmosphere, often called the “Sea of Stars.”

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Toyama Bay, Japan

Toyama Bay in Japan is famous for its glowing firefly squid. These small squid emit a blue bioluminescent glow, creating a beautiful sight when they gather in large numbers. The best time to see them is during the spring months.

Laguna Grande, Fajardo, Puerto Rico

Laguna Grande in Fajardo, Puerto Rico, is another bioluminescent bay worth visiting. The bay is home to millions of dinoflagellates that light up when disturbed, creating a magical glow in the water. Visitors can take guided kayak tours to experience this natural wonder up close.

So, if you ever find yourself in Khorfakkan, be sure to visit the beach at night and witness this unforgettable spectacle for yourself.

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