Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Red tide - this happened last year too, don't wade in it.

Those of you driving highway 1 may have noticed this "red tide" in Pacifica ocean Monday evening. I didn't notice it yesterday, so is it gone?

"Red tide returns to Coastside", article  from Half Moon Bay Review 9/20/10. "The waters are running red in Half Moon Bay – so say government officials who have determined a new algae bloom off the Coastside is causing the ocean to take on a reddish-orange color.

Officials with the U.S. Coast Guard and the California Department of Fish and Game confirmed on Monday afternoon that the odd coloration in the sea waters was being caused by algae, and not any kind of pollutant.  As part of a phenomenon called “red tide”, decaying organic material from the algae can turn a large expanse of ocean water a reddish color.

Various people in recent days have spotted the reddish tinge in the sea along Surfer’s Beach. The plankton species that causes red tide is non-toxic, but experts warn that beachgoers should avoid stepping in the ocean waters because the algae bloom indicates a higher risk of toxic algae being in the water. The Coastside experienced a similar algae bloom last September."

Posted by Kathy Meeh


Poopie the Porpoise said...

Hey you surfers! Stop pooping in the water!

How would you like it if I came into your house and pooped all over the floor?

Tom (no way)Clifford said...

Pooping in a wetsuit.
I don't even want to think about it.

Popeye said...

Vreeland caused it!

Sneaky Pete said...

Red tide is different then the Vreeland & Dejarnatt piss foam.

We can call it all tar balls and make it all good.

Jimmy, stick around with Sneaky Pete, and I will teach you a few of my tricks.

Like when you don't want to make a meeting call and yell my back my back, I have thrown my back out.

Works like a charmn