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This mysterious algae bloom ‘whirlpool’ in the Baltic Sea is so big it could cover Manhattan
08-02-2018, 09:17 AM #1
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Quote:Every summer, phytoplankton spread across the northern basins of the North Atlantic and Arctic Oceans, with blooms spanning hundreds and sometimes thousands of kilometers. NASA has revealed an incredible image of a gigantic ‘whirlpool’ of algae in the Baltic sea. Blooms this summer off of Scandinavia seem to be particularly intense.


"huge swirling algae blooms and larger dead zones will become the new normal for the Baltic Sea and people living around."

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08-02-2018, 09:34 AM #2
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I've been around red tide, nasty lung burning death smell.
08-02-2018, 11:56 AM #3
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Red Tide has been awful these last few years in Greece and the Canaries, burns the back of the throat.

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08-02-2018, 12:27 PM #4
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Burns the eyes too, It can be bad anywhere along the Gulf of Mexico.
08-02-2018, 05:48 PM #5
Octo Mother Superior
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It's the blue-green algae type. I have never seen the red kind bloom here. The Baltic is a sensitive sea and this heat has been feeding the algae bloom.

Up here on the coast we had some circulation that caused the water temp to drop about 10 degrees overnight. It's really cold now which is something algae doesn't like.
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08-03-2018, 02:26 PM #6
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Blue-green algae blooms have killed hundreds of dogs in the US.

Quote:"The vast majority of (blue-green algae) associated dog deaths remain un-reported and often un-recognized by pet owners and veterinarians," the study said.

Dogs are also smaller than humans, so a smaller dose of algae can be fatal. Dogs are more likely than people to be poisoned by blue-green algae.

"They will swim in, or drink from, a scummy, smelly water body that people would avoid," the study said.

08-03-2018, 03:09 PM #7
Octo Mother Superior
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They test the bathing water at public beaches regularly over the summers here, at least once a week and post the results on a sign so you can see what's in there.

Quote:Exceptionally abundant blooms of blue-green algae, i.e. cyanobacteria, increase the risk of adverse health effects. Water containing blue-green algae must always be considered a potential health risk. If there are blue-green algae in water, it must not be consumed by people or animals, not even after boiling. Algal toxins will still be present in water for a few days after a visible bloom has disappeared.

Children and pets must not be allowed to swim in water contaminated by blue-green algae, and grown-ups should also avoid swimming. If you suspect having been exposed to contaminated water, you should wash yourself with clean water after swimming. Pets should also be washed with clean water, as they could become exposed to algal toxins by licking their fur after swimming.
Blue-green algae are particularly bad in the sauna

Water contaminated with blue-green algae must never be thrown onto the sauna stove. Exposure to contaminated water through your skin and respiration causes even more symptoms than swallowing. Exposure through the skin and respiration may also occur in water skiing and other watersports where mist is abundant.

Water contaminated with blue-green algae is not recommended for washing yourself or your dishes, or for watering edible plants.

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08-03-2018, 08:17 PM #8
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08-04-2018, 04:07 AM #9
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(08-02-2018, 12:27 PM)Anonymous Kritter Wrote:  Burns the eyes too, It can be bad anywhere along the Gulf of Mexico.

It's bad along the Space Coast, too.

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08-04-2018, 11:15 AM #10
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A couple we know just got back from Greece, the hot weather and red tide forced them to come home a week early.
Europe set for its hottest day EVER with temperatures set to soar above 48C record set in 1977 thesun.co.uk
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08-04-2018, 11:19 AM #11
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Greece Fire!
08-04-2018, 11:21 AM #12
Octo Mother Superior
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Holy carp! I bet Turkey is in that pot.
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08-04-2018, 11:25 AM #13
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It cracked me up because the dude has the red and white striped shirt.
I believe it's Greek standard issue!
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08-04-2018, 11:28 AM #14
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(08-04-2018, 11:25 AM)Anonymous Kritter Wrote:  It cracked me up because the dude has the red and white striped shirt.
I believe it's Greek standard issue!
08-06-2018, 01:33 AM #15
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Quote:Toxic red tide is making Floridians sick — and angry
In South Florida this summer, one ecological scourge has piled on top of another.

First came the red tide, a flotilla of microorganisms that dyed the sea rust and eventually stretched out along 100 miles of the Gulf Coast. Oxygen-starved fish, eels, dolphins and turtles littered beaches, in numbers too vast to count. In one marina, so many fish went belly up that they appeared to pave a walkway across the water.

The foul siege reached from Sarasota nearly to the tip of Florida by early June, when ecological insult No. 2 arrived. A green film of cyanobacteria appeared, as it regularly does in summer, in vast Lake Okeechobee. But this year the bacteria also spilled over into rivers and canals, which carried the toxic green sludge east to the Atlantic Ocean and west to the Gulf of Mexico. Already distressed Floridians gagged on the noxious odor, and more than a dozen people reportedly went to local emergency rooms after coming into contact with the contaminated water. Some wept as beloved manatees expired, bloated and tinted a ghastly green.

More: nbcnews.com



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