The waters of Istanbul’s Bosphorus strait which divide Europe from Asia have turned a Caribbean like turquoise from their normal dark blue color. According to NASA, who can actually see the color change in satellite images taken from space, the cause is a bloom of phytoplankton.
But don’t be fooled; phytoplankton bloom means the waters of the Bosphorous, Golden Horn, and Black Sea are actually filled with microscopic organisms. In fact, phytoplankton “are floating, microscopic organisms that make their own food from sunlight and dissolved nutrients.”
— NASA (@NASA) June 12, 2017
— NPR (@NPR) June 15, 2017
Plankton is turning the Bosphorus blue, and it looks incredible https://t.co/1uudhrFmkn
— The Independent (@Independent) June 15, 2017
Dolphins appear while jumping in the Bosphorus Sea in Istanbul pic.twitter.com/EbccKGPuZ8
— ANADOLU AGENCY (ENG) (@anadoluagency) June 18, 2017
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