2024 Phytoplankton Blooms and Red Tides

Floating, plant-like organisms reproduce abundantly when there are sufficient nutrients, sunlight, and water conditions. Extreme blooms of certain species can become harmful to marine animals and humans.
Clear Lake Clouded by Algae
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Clear Lake Clouded by Algae

The nutrient-loaded Northern California lake turned green with algal growth in spring 2024.

Published May 28, 2024

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Colorful Celtic Sea
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Colorful Celtic Sea

Satellites captured an expansive blue and green phytoplankton bloom in the waters off France.

Published May 14, 2024

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Complex Beauty in the Gulf of Oman
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Complex Beauty in the Gulf of Oman

NASA’s newest Earth science satellite captured a striking image of swirling bands of phytoplankton.

Published May 7, 2024

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Filaments of Phytoplankton in Australia
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Filaments of Phytoplankton in Australia

Cool, upwelling water supports an array of marine life and draws the occasional filmmaker to the Bonney Coast region.

Published Jan 12, 2024

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