What the Muck?

I noticed today, south of the last condo, that the water looks red, smells funny and is foamy. No one seems to be taking credit, nor is their any warnings. I would sure like to know what happened.

People from TRNERR didn't know the cause, and I can't believe no one is looking into the fact that our ocean looks and smells funny...

I have to wonder how safe is this?
Serge Dedina August 05, 2013 at 03:42 PM
Hazel is correct-most likely this is red tide. It has been worse in the past couple of days. Seeing red tide in August is pretty unusual. We had a stretch of bad weather (cold wind) which resulted in a lot of upwelling and could have created the conditions for the red tide. Our red tide might be influenced by the continued outflow of sewage discharged at Pta. Banderas, six miles south of the border (up to 30MGD) in addition to border discharge pipe three miles offshore and possibly Pt. Loma (but that is unlikely). Red tide can in some people cause a skin rash and possibly breathing problems--but is some sort of allergic reaction. But we've seen red tide recently off of the coast of northern Baja too (south of Rosarito beach).
Lenora Porcella August 06, 2013 at 09:24 PM
Well... for those who care... the health department tells me, ..."It looks like our water sample is below State health standards... " and the final report won't be available until tomorrow. I think the brown foam is more than red tide and I'd keep my kids out of the water until health department says things are OK. FWIW, the water seems to get better, closer to Mexico. The brown foam is the worst, just south of Seacoast.
Jon Hall August 08, 2013 at 10:32 AM
Be nice Lenora --- the local experts don't need facts getting in the way ...
Pat P August 11, 2013 at 07:45 PM
It's Red Tide, happens all the time. There was an article on the IB Patch about it just the other day.


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