Red Plankton in the Arabian Sea
In the Arabian Sea, the combination of sunlight and nutrients has fueled a startling occurrence of colorful phytoplankton and bacteria, which is captured in these natural color images from NASA's Multi-angle Imaging SpectroRadiometer.
The Arabian Sea is an unusual part of the world's oceans, surrounded by land masses on three sides. Light levels in the region are strongly influenced by cloud cover generated by the Indian monsoons. Phytoplankton concentrations tend to be highest during September and October, towards the end of the summer monsoon season.
Image Credit: NASA/GSFC/LaRC/JPL, MISR Team