Phytoplankton Bloom in Bristol Bay Near Alaska Peninsula57.8N 160.8W
The bright teal stain in Bristol Bay, near the Alaska Peninsula, is a phytoplankton bloom (click here for previous images). Subsurface phytoplankton blooms are relatively common in Bristol Bay (particularly from mid August to early September).
Bristol Bay is the eastern-most arm of the Bering Sea, in Southwest Alaska. Bristol Bay is 400 km (250 miles) long and 290 km, (180 miles) wide at its mouth. A number of rivers flow into the bay, including the Cinder, Egegik, Igushik, Kvichak, Meshik, Nushagak, Naknek, Togiak, and Ugashik. Upper reaches of Bristol Bay experience some of the highest tides in the world.