Places We Should Skinny Dip: The Luminous Larek Shore


We’re hypnotized by this surreal luminous scene along the shore of Larek, an island in the Persian Gulf off the coast of Iran. The seemingly magical otherworldly glow is actually caused by hundreds of tiny bioluminescent phytoplankton coating the dark water, mimicking the starry night sky. The microscopic phytoplankton are like the ocean’s version of fireflies, generating enough glowing light to cast an eerie streak along the shore, which starts to play tricks on your eyes if you stare long enough. Just witnessing this enchanting shoreline is enough to make you giddy with goosebumps, but just imagine experiencing it.

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The dark ocean late at night, the air clean and crisp, the sky the ripe color of a bruised plum, fog thinning across the full moon. You dive into the ocean, that sharp shock of cold water against your body, and open your eyes. Everything around you is glowing, vibrating with neon energy, surrounding you with the softest, strangest light, unlike anything you’ve ever seen, like the ocean opened its wide mouth and swallowed all the stars whole.

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This luminous shoreline reminds me that it sometimes feels like we have barely scratched the surface of the sheer extraordinary depth of nature, reminds me how powerful the unexpected and surreal can be, how they can shock us back into being fully present. What would it feel like to float calmly on your back in the midst of all of this luminescence, literally glowing from the inside out? We would give anything to find out…

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