Red Tide/Algae bloom

Every day this time of the year, our

‘Florida Government Officials and their paid Scientists’,

tell the public that some type of Algae

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(Red Tide and/or Algae bloom)

is responsible for the massive death of our fish and others in our Florida Water.

So, let us take a look at this

‘Mysterious ‘Killer.’

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Algae (singular alga) are a large group of diverse organisms that use photosynthesis to produce food.

Although some forms are large and multicellular, they differ from plants in that their cells are not clearly organized into different types of tissue with different functions.

This group includes a wide variety of organisms that are not always closely related to one another

the similarities in form are often due to parallel evolution, where different organisms have adapted in similar ways to fill similar niches.

They are described as polyphyletic, meaning that not all members of the group share the same common ancestor.

By the modern definition, all algae are eukaryotes, which means that the DNA in their cells is contained within a nucleus enclosed by a membrane.

Organisms whose cells do not have a nucleus are prokaryotes.

The eukaryotes also include plants, fungi and animals.

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Prokaryotes include bacteria

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and archaea.

The algae can be divided into a number of sub-groups, based largely on the types of pigments they use for photosynthesis.

http://www.wisegeek.org/what-is-algae.htm

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What is Red Tide and how does it eat.

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These algae, known as phytoplankton,

are single-celled protists, plant-like organisms

that can form dense, visible patches near the water’s surface.

Certain species of phytoplankton, dinoflagellates,

contain photosynthetic pigments that vary in color from green to brown to red.

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What is Algae Bloom and how does it eat?

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What is this Red Tide and how does it eat?

An algal bloom is a rapid increase or accumulation in the population of algae

(typically microscopic)

in a water system.

Cyanobacteria blooms are often called blue-green algae.

Algal blooms may occur in freshwater as well as marine environments.

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3 thoughts on “Red Tide/Algae bloom

  1. This occurs every summer here as well. Bathing dogs die from this, and people should stay on shore. Often over after a couple of weeks.

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