The European Space Agency (ESA) has spotted a new threat to Earth: a Ship-swallowing green “storm” in the Baltic sea.
The storm is an algal bloom that, as of 7 August, occupied a decent slab of the sea and was said to be growing rapidly thanks to a handy (for algae) combination of warm weather and calm seas.
The ESA craft that eyeballed the bloom was Sentinel-2, an earth observation satellite that only went aloft on 23 June. The space agency said it was chuffed at the shots it was able to capture of the algae because:
- Gosh it's pretty;
- The images show Sentinel-2 is in working order;
- Sentinel-2 has been tuned to capture images of vegetation on land, but it's clearly just as happy snapping algae.
Algal Cthulu? You read it here first
Perhaps the satellite is also capable of spotting more eldritch threats: your correspondent reckons that if you squint at the image above in just the right way, you might just see the face of Cthulu. ®