WATERLAND BLOG: ‘Notiluca Bloom’ Spotted Off Des Moines Marina
Our sister site The Waterland Blog has posted some photos of what appears to be an active algal bloom off the Des Moines Marina, apparently caused by Noctiluca, a non-toxic form of zooplankton, which feed on phytoplankton.
So if you see what appears to be red tide, or rusty, tomato soup-like ‘stuff’ floating about off the shores of Burien, it’s most likely Notiluca.
Here’s a photo taken by Steve Hughes off Three Tree Point Sunday morning:
According to the State Department of Ecology:
“Noctiluca visibly aggregate at the sea surface as part of their life cycle and feeding strategy. The nontoxic Noctiluca blooms usually appear as a rusty reddish color like tomato soup and are common in Puget Sound.”
See the pics here.