Phytoplankton North of Scandinavian Peninsula72.8N 24.1E
The green and blue swirled patterns in the Barents Sea, off the northern coast of Norway, are caused by a massive phytoplankton bloom. Such blooms are common in the area each August.
The area in this image is located in a region immediately north of the Scandinavian peninsula where several ocean current systems merge. These include the Norwegian Atlantic, the Persey and east Spitsbergen currents. Where they converge, they form a front known as the North Cape Current. The mixing of currents causes nutrients to rise from the deep and spread throughout the area.