Ever notice that sometimes the ocean water at the Jersey Shore will be different colors?

At times it will look like typical, murky New Jersey water and at other timess, I would have sworn I had arrived at the Caribbean.

Well there is a reason.

According to Josh Kohut, professor of marine and coastal sciences at Rutgers University, it depends on the, "concentration of either sediment or small plankton called phytoplankton."

"Whenever there is a plankton bloom, that tends to give it kind of a greenish, yellowish, so somewhere in the blue to green to yellow band of colors," added Anna Pfeiffer-Herbert, assistant professor of Marine Science at Stockton University.

Coast Guard craft (R) approaches a sailboat in distress off Bradley Beach
Exhibit B

So basically, the less amount of plankton and sediment, the prettier the water.

Another determining factor is something called upwelling. Basically, the water will circulate into a whole new area depending on the direction of the winds. So pay attention! -- This is also the reason why one day the ocean water will be 70 degrees and then 60 degrees the next.

So now that we have experienced a mini science lesson, I must admit that I am kind of bummed that the reason isn't a TAD more magical.

But nonetheless...anyone up for a trip to the Caribbean?

Take a look at the original article at NJ.com.

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