Why does the water around the Bahamas on satellite maps look discolored or light?

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Is the surrounding seabed that shallow?

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There are huge areas which are very shallow, 1-3 feet. So you are seeing the white sand under the water.

phytoplankton produce about 70% of the earths oxygen. This is the discoloration you see along the coast. If you google phytoplankton, you will see some pretty cool photos.