Bioluminescent Plankton

Photo credit: Kris Williams via Peta Pixel

Photographer Kris Williams happened to be on the shores of Wales and captured a stunning, yet natural, phenomenon known as bioluminescence. Plankton may use bioluminescence for defense against predators by illuminating themselves when they detect a predator, possibly making the predator itself more vulnerable by attracting the attention of predators from higher trophic levels. Continue reading for more pictures and information.

Bioluminescent Plankton
Bioluminescent Plankton
Bioluminescent Plankton

“You can scoop the water up in your hands and see the plankton covering your fingers like tiny stars, or swim in the water and watch as the waves light up where you swim through them. It really is something magical to see and experience!,” Williams told PetaPixel.