Phytoplankton Bloom Off Norwegian Coast – August 12th, 200970.4N 22.1E
Bright green and blue phytoplankton color the water off the northern coast of Norway, in the Norwegian Sea. The colors of the bloom are most intense by the west coast of the island of Sørøya (center).
Such blooms are common in the North Atlantic Ocean, of which the Norwegian Sea is part, and the Arctic Ocean during the summer. This is due to the long hours of sunshine that allow organisms to reproduce and feed off the nutrients that had accumulated during the short, cold days with little light of the winter months.