Beach looks like scene from Avatar as glowing plankton lights up sea

These are the incredible images of a natural phenomenon that caused the sea to sparkle and glow.

Glowing like an alien lifeform, the sea appears to sparkle with what looks like hundreds of dazzling sapphires, as the waves hit the shore.

Plankton gives off an electric blue colour as it hits the seashore

Plankton gives off an electric blue colour as it hits the seashore

But while it may look like a scene from the film Avatar the images actually show plankton which gives off an electric blue colour as it hits the seashore.

The natural phenomenon is caused by clouds of millions of plankton being disturbed to give off the glorious shine.

The images were taken by photographer Laurent Laveder, 43, at a beach near to his home in Brittany, France.

Laurent said he was photographing the milky way when he was shocked to see the sea glowing beneath him.

The natural phenomenon is caused by clouds of millions of plankton being disturbed to give off the glorious shine

The natural phenomenon is caused by clouds of millions of plankton being disturbed to give off the glorious shine

He said: “I was taking photos of the sky as a specialise in nightscape photography, but I looked down and noticed the waves were glowing.

“When I first noticed it, I wasn’t sure if it was just the reflection of some lights in the water.

“I quickly realised it was phosphorescent plankton, as I’d seen images of it before, so I set up my camera and started photographing it.

“I was amazed and excited as I thought it was only visible in more tropical places and it’s not often as a photographer that you get chance to capture a natural phenomena like this.

The images were taken by photographer Laurent Laveder, 43, at a beach near to his home in Brittany, France

The images were taken by photographer Laurent Laveder, 43, at a beach near to his home in Brittany, France

“I guess you could say I was in the right place at the right time. I have never seen photos of any taken in Brittany, so I guess this is pretty rare, even more rare in April.

“What I like most about my images is the fact that I was able to give light in the ocean and in the sky, because for me, the sky is as important as the foreground.

“I like how the dots look like the reflections of the stars in the water, it’s as if the stars had fallen into the ocean and were finishing their trip to shore. It is almost poetic.”

He said: "When I first noticed it, I wasn't sure if it was just the reflection of some lights in the water."

He said: “When I first noticed it, I wasn’t sure if it was just the reflection of some lights in the water.”