Photo of the Day : Seawater With Different Colors

Seafarers get an opportunity to see some of the best natural phenomena in the world which land-dwellers can’t. Some of these are so special that it is best to capture them through lens to preserve that moment for life.

Once such phenomena was captured by 3rd Officer Rahul Gupta when he was sailing from Arabian Sea to Persian Gulf. It was an amazing sight of seawater with two different colors. The color seemed to change at a certain boundary, giving a sense of two different water bodies which decided not to blend together.

Though he didn’t know the real reason for the same, it would have been a waste not to capture that scene. Here’s a pic of the seawater with two different colors captured through the lens of the 3rd Officer.

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According to wikipedia,

 “The “color” of the ocean is determined by the interactions of incident light with substances or particles present in the water. White light from the sun is made up of a combination of colors, which are broken apart by water droplets in a ‘rainbow’ spectrum. When light hits the water surface, the different colors are absorbed, transmitted, scattered, or reflected in differing intensities by water molecules and other so-called optically-active constituents in suspension in the upper layer of the ocean. The reason open ocean waters often appear blue is due to the absorption and scattering of light. The blue wavelengths of light are scattered, similar to the scattering of blue light in the sky but absorption is a much larger factor than scattering for the clear ocean water. In water, absorption is strong in the red and weak in the blue, thus red light is absorbed quickly in the ocean leaving blue. Almost all sunlight that enters the ocean is absorbed, except very close to the coast. The red, yellow, and green wavelengths of sunlight are absorbed by water molecules in the ocean. When sunlight hits the ocean, some of the light is reflected back directly but most of it penetrates the ocean surface and interacts with the water molecules that it encounters. The red, orange, yellow, and green wavelengths of light are absorbed so that the remaining light we see is composed of the shorter wavelength blues and violets.”
Moreover, according to another explanation, algae growths are also responsible for the various different water colors. In the Red Sea, there is an algae bloom that creates red of the water. Algae also creates the green hue of the Colorado River in the Marble Canyon during the spring. Other parts of the Colorado River have a red tone due to sediment in the water.

No matter what the real reason is, this beautiful scene was aptly captured at the right time.

Clicked onboard M.T. Maritime Lira
Passage from Arabian Sea towards Persian Gulf
Camera used: iPhone 5
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2 Comments

  1. The sea water is colorless no matter its color reflection for the day. However, like the chameleon, it changes color to reflect the states of its environment. It depends what types of filth that took over the planet’s air space every day, and which prevalent color of infection groups floating on the surface of the seas.

    What everyone is afraid to say is that the color of the sea reveals which groups of infections r present in the air and the water. We know that fireflies at night reveal the microbial infections they carry in their backside. Daily infections named allergens take over the planet. As they travel from their sources that day many of them fall into the sea and float since they r microsizes. I don’t know why mankind, weirdly the scientists, doctors, teachers, pharmacists, nurses, etc. pretend not to know about the infections that took over the planet and its inhabitants since the sources of infections exist everywhere on the planet and they r the latrines full of aged rotten poop, menstruation, and urine, the cemeteries full of infections, the caves full of infections, the graves full of infections, etc. Is it because everyone has become zombies of infections, ridden by infections? Infection covid19 currently reveals that infections rule the planet and how powerless zombie mankind r facing infection attacks. The planet daily reveals the rainbow colors of infections that cloak it daily when the sun comes up. However, the zombies of infections r hiding this fact. The infections turned the planet into a giant tomb full of decay and mankind became vehicles of the infections. Denying this fact and trying to admire the colors of infections tell how deep mankind have fallen asleep while infections ride them daily. The chameleon just like the sea reveals that infections took over the planet. That is why when the chameleon walks, every step it takes on infection earth, its skin color changes to reflect the many types of infections that is present in the air. And the infection is named rainbow on rotten earth and the infections in zombie mankind, the catholics, call it sign of “peace” after deluge and its presence reassured them that they, the infections, r still in power on rotten earth. The catholic infections even make the cross sign and sigh of relief when they see the rainbow after bad weather.

  2. While the sea reflects the color of the infections in the air, notice that the clouds don’t because they r higher in the air where the pollution cannot reach. So, the sea reflects the state of earth and how bad is the oxygen we breathe daily. Even though the lower clouds r infected by the pollution on earth, which trigger rain precipitation, and the infected airplanes that travel through them, the state of the seas nonetheless tell the clouds what infections r doing on earth and to us why we r sick, why we decay and why we r quarantined on rotten earth. These clouds keep infections that cause the transparent color of the sea to change from invading space, meaning they r bad news. So, the planet workers that r anti-filth protect space. And the sea is the mirror that reveals to space the state of earth.

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