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.”
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