Red Tide in Saladita

by millennial, Sunday, April 24, 2022, 21:36 (29 days ago)

Hello :)

Thoughts on all the dead fish / crazy foam / generally smelly ocean in saladita right now?

Someone also said over here that there might have been some spill in Lazaro. :-|

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Red Tide in Saladita

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Sunday, April 24, 2022, 22:16 (29 days ago) @ millennial

Hello :)

Thoughts on all the dead fish / crazy foam / generally smelly ocean in saladita right now?

Someone also said over here that there might have been some spill in Lazaro. :-|

No spill. It's a red tide event. It seems to be in patches. At the moment it isn't affecting Zihuatanejo-Ixtapa's beaches though it was here a couple of weeks ago, but I'd heard it'd been around La Saladita for a while now and the residents had to truck off lots of dead marine animals. Bummer.

But it’s not Red

by Little Guy @, Monday, April 25, 2022, 13:41 (28 days ago) @ millennial

Troncones has had a couple of stinky weeks, but today seems not too bad.

Although it is referred to as “red tide”, the phenomenon in Troncones has seemed to be very green.

HABs (harmful algal blooms) from cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) can appear as a foam, scum, or mat on or just below the surface of water and can take on various colors depending on their pigments. Cyanobacteria blooms in freshwater lakes or rivers may appear bright green, often with surface streaks which looks like floating paint. Cyanobacterial blooms are a global problem.

Most blooms occur in warm waters with excessive nutrients. The harmful effects from such blooms is due to the toxins they produce or from using up oxygen in the water which can lead to fish die-offs. Not all algal blooms produce toxins, however, with some only discoloring water, producing a smelly odor, or adding a bad taste to the water. Unfortunately, it is not possible to tell if a bloom is harmful from just appearances, since sampling and microscopic examination is required.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmful_algal_bloom

But it’s not Red

by Ironwood @, Monday, April 25, 2022, 16:58 (28 days ago) @ Little Guy

Troncones has had a couple of stinky weeks, but today seems not too bad.

Although it is referred to as “red tide”, the phenomenon in Troncones has seemed to be very green.

Look on the bright side. You could have Cancun's sargassum problem.

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But it’s not Red

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Monday, April 25, 2022, 18:43 (28 days ago) @ Little Guy

Troncones has had a couple of stinky weeks, but today seems not too bad.

Although it is referred to as “red tide”, the phenomenon in Troncones has seemed to be very green.

HABs (harmful algal blooms) from cyanobacteria (blue-green algae) can appear as a foam, scum, or mat on or just below the surface of water and can take on various colors depending on their pigments. Cyanobacteria blooms in freshwater lakes or rivers may appear bright green, often with surface streaks which looks like floating paint. Cyanobacterial blooms are a global problem.

Most blooms occur in warm waters with excessive nutrients. The harmful effects from such blooms is due to the toxins they produce or from using up oxygen in the water which can lead to fish die-offs. Not all algal blooms produce toxins, however, with some only discoloring water, producing a smelly odor, or adding a bad taste to the water. Unfortunately, it is not possible to tell if a bloom is harmful from just appearances, since sampling and microscopic examination is required.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Harmful_algal_bloom

It's not the blue-green algae, a problem well known in Florida.

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by mindpilot @, la Playa Buenavista, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 08:46 (28 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

It's been really nasty here in Buenavista for the past couple days. We probably see it worse on an open-ocean beach than in the more protected bays.

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But it’s not Red

by ZihuaRob ⌂ @, Zihuatanejo, México, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 09:36 (27 days ago) @ mindpilot

It's been really nasty here in Buenavista for the past couple days. We probably see it worse on an open-ocean beach than in the more protected bays.

Or else it's caught in a different current along your part of the coast. Nothing but pretty blue ocean from where we are as far as the eye can see.

But it’s not Red

by midalake @, Tuesday, April 26, 2022, 12:18 (27 days ago) @ ZihuaRob

It's been really nasty here in Buenavista for the past couple days. We probably see it worse on an open-ocean beach than in the more protected bays.


Or else it's caught in a different current along your part of the coast. Nothing but pretty blue ocean from where we are as far as the eye can see.

Hopefully this comes to an end soon. One of the worst years in recent memory.