Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Record Red Tide on Texas Coast

The last time an algae bloom was this big was back in 2000.  Along the Texas coast, the drought conditions and very warm waters have led to a very large algae bloom sometimes called a Red Tide. The red comes from the algae bloom which gives a red tint to the sea water.

People with respiratory problems should take heed.  These kinds of algae blooms can cause respiratory problems for people with asthma and other lung problems. 

One side effect is the glowing blue waves at night caused by algae bio-luminescence. Should make for interesting night surfing along South Padre.

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