ISRO’s OCM Sensor Captures Extensive Noctiluca Bloom
Every year during winter months, the north-western Arabian Sea experiences an outbreak of Noctiluca scintillans algal blooms. Sometimes these blooms cause massive fish moralities along the coast of Oman. This image was captured by ISRO’s OCM sensor on board the OCEANSAT-2 satellite on 11 February 2017 (click to enlarge).
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