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Have you heard of the "red tide" in parts of the pacific ocean?

  1. LauraGSpeaks profile image97
    LauraGSpeaksposted 5 years ago

    Have you heard of the "red tide" in parts of the pacific ocean?

    What causes it and how long does it last?  Is there anything besides the terrible smell and murky water that is bad for you?

  2. Wayne Brown profile image82
    Wayne Brownposted 5 years ago

    I reader hearing of it when I lived in Washington state. When it occurs, certain shellfish residing in those waters become uneatable. The condition is also called "algae bloom" caused by a rapid accumulation of microoranisms in particular bodies of coatal water. Some of it can be toxic and deprives the aquatic life within it of necessary oxygen. This probably accounts for some of the smell. The bloom is actually begins in a green shade and turns to a rusty brown as a result of the photosythesis giving the water a red effect at the surface and thus the name. WB

  3. Catzgendron profile image71
    Catzgendronposted 5 years ago

    Red Tide affects ocean life and the economy on both the local and state levels. read more

  4. clairemy profile image76
    clairemyposted 5 years ago

    A red tide is a term used by scientists when there is an overgrowth of harmful algae.