Experts: Aquamarine ocean waters in South Jersey due to marine plant growth

A New Jersey marine science professor says the blooming of tiny marine plants off the coast of southern New Jersey has caused the waters to

Experts say that the aquamarine ocean waters in South Jersey are due to marine plant growth.

Experts say that the aquamarine ocean waters in South Jersey are due to marine plant growth. (7/12/16)

GALLOWAY - A New Jersey marine science professor says the blooming of tiny marine plants off the coast of southern New Jersey has caused the waters to become a shade of aquamarine.

Elizabeth Lacey, assistant professor of marine science at Stockton University in Galloway, tells the Press of Atlantic City the phytoplankton population grew rapidly last week due to a recent upward flow of cool ocean water.

Lacey says the plants reflect turquoise-green wavelengths through the water, particularly in the sunlight. She says the bloom is harmless to people.

Lacey says the Phytoplankton blossom when cool, nutrient-rich water rises to the surface. Most of the plants aren't bigger than the dot of a pencil.

The water has become even clearer due to an ongoing drought in the area.

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