SeaWiFS: Phytoplankton Bloom in the Bay of Biscay

SeaWiFS: Phytoplankton Bloom in the Bay of Biscay
  • Credit:

    Provided by the SeaWiFS Project, NASA/Goddard Space Flight Center, and ORBIMAGE

The bright phytoplankton bloom in the Bay of Biscay appears to have spread some since its initial sighting on May 15, 2001. In this SeaWiFS image taken three days later, the bright patch in the southeast corner of the Bay appears to cover roughly 15,000 square kilometers (approximately 5800 square miles). Farther northwest in the Celtic Sea, similar blooms can be seen.

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  • Data Date:

    May 18, 2001
  • Visualization Date:

    May 18, 2001
  • Sensor(s):

    OrbView-2 - SeaWiFS
NASA - National Aeronautics and Space Administration