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Something from the deep water below

Something from the deep water below
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Copyright: gloria williams (touristdidi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 433 W: 0 N: 438] (2490)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-21
Categories: Ocean
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2004-10-07 6:41
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Points: 10
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No one could tell me what this is. It looks like pinkish or orange circular blobs all in large clouds that float on the sea. The locals said it happens only in the monsoon, and is something from deep down in the ocean washed up by rough seas. I thought it might be eggs or hatchlings of some sort. It travels together in the sea in a mass. The locals told me not to touch it, it was poisonious.

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To japie: red tide perhaps????touristdidi 1 10-10 01:54
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  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-10-07 14:41]

Hi Gloria, this looks like what is caled Red Tide on our west coast. Every so often, the plankton dies and then pops up to the surface, looking like this. You cannot eat any of the fish or shell fish when it is like this, as it is poisonous, and you would die. Thry your local See Fisheries branch for the correct answer, though, as I live VERY far from the sea.
I wouls lighten the pix a bit to acsentuate the flying bird.

I have seen in TV, something like this that came for the coral act of throwing millios of "eggs" (I can remembre the name) for reproduction porpuses. If there is coral nearby could be a possibility. :)

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-07 16:34]
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I agree with Callie on the red tide theory. Red tide can be caused due to sudden changes in the water temprature. With El Nini around this is quite likely as well. Red tide is a very sad thing. Due to the rotting organism the water has virtually no oxigen. When we hav this on our west coast, millions of crayfish walk out of the ocean because they cant breath and then dy on the beach. I sincerely hope I am wrong in this and that it is a more happy occurence and not red tide.

Thanks for posting

Wow, that is all very interesting: Red tide and poisonous water. I am glad I checked this and will be careful in future when the water turns red. Actually you have two great photos in one. The bird also looks superb seen from above.

I donīt have a clue about what is that, but your picture is very interesting. I like it at all. Colors, light, mistery, all.
Well done.

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