Why is the water off of New Jersey turning aquamarine?

Turquoise waters reminiscent of a Caribbean island have replaced the New Jersey’s typically murky coast for the past week, thanks to combination of phytoplankton and unusual weather conditions.

The phytoplankton bloom behind the color shift was photographed on July 6 by the Moderate Resolution Imaging Spectroradiometer on NASA’s Aqua satellite, which gathers data on the Earth’s water cycle.

Unlike the toxic algae bloom currently choking Florida waters, New Jersey’s phytoplankton bloom is a harmless, annual phenomenon. READ MORE.