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3,000+ foot long mysterious black blob of killer “toxic goo” found near Florida coast — Appears to be GROWING
Societies now generally understand that swamps are critically important in the processes of providing fresh water and oxygen to all life
Indeed, the blob was not oil, tests revealed. It was a massive bloom of algae, similar to those that affect the Northeastern U.S. coast and the Gulf Coast
Even though black algae grow slowly, it is best to fix the problem as soon as you notice it. The longer you wait, the harder it will be.
After their extensive preliminary research, the scientists think they have a basic understanding of the phenomenon, although they don't yet know why it formed. Pierce said the evidence so far—obtained from satellite imagery, nutrient analysis, and organic matter—suggests that the formation is a very unusual phytoplankton bloom.
"It's sort of like a swimming pool that hasn't been cleaned in a while."
Scientists say an underwater blob of goo off the Florida Panhandle coast isn't oil, but rather a mass of dead plankton, algae and bacteria.
...appears to be growing as microscopic algae and bacteria get trapped in it and die...
Originally posted by ForestForager
It seems this event of a "Black Blob" in Florida has happened before... not on this scale however... the 'Black Blob' being reported now is 4-5 times larger then the previous...
"It seems to be a combination of algae and bacteria," said David Hollander, a chemical oceanographer with the University of South Florida, describing the substance as "extraordinarily sticky" and toxic.
Hollander and his team are planning to return to the blob within a few weeks to gather more samples, since they were unable to get any material from the bottom of the blob during their last visit. They will also try to map out the entire blob to be able to see exactly how big it is.
John Paul, a professor of biological oceanography, tested the waters from the mud and they came back, in his words, "toxic as all bejesus."
Hollander's tests are ongoing and definitive results will take weeks. All he knows is that a whole lot of marine organisms died and formed a "toxic marine tumble weed," rolling around on the ocean floor until the Weatherbird team happened to poke it. Which kind of makes you wonder: what else are those supposedly healthy waves hiding?
Originally posted by tothetenthpower
So far in Alaska, nothing suggests the Chukchi Sea blob is toxic, although the Coast Guard's Hasenauer said toxicity tests were planned.
Well at least it's not going to kill anybody, hopefully.
Any thoughts ATS?