Red Tide: How it affects Marine Life Red tide in Florida is a reoccurring problem that threatens marine life every year. Red tide in Florida waterways has a negative impact on marine life because it produces toxins that are harmful to marine species. It lessens the amount of oxygen in the water which ultimately leads to the migration and death of many different marine animals. Millions of dollars are poured into red tide research and prevention every year to help predict when and where a red tide is going to form.
The algae washes up on shores and destroy the beautiful of the beaches. This also has a side effect on the economy. A nuclear power plant had to be shut down from the algae problem which has cost them hundreds of thousands of dollars per day.
This happens when they become overly stressed especially when exposed to warmer than normal temperature and excessive sunlight” (“Coral Bleaching- Essential Facts”). Although the coloring of the coral may not seem too important, it is. The Great Barrier Reef is home to more than “1,500 species of fish, 411 types of hard coral, one- third of the world’s soft coral, 134 species of sharks and rays, six of the world’s seven species of threatened marine turtles, and more than 30 species of marine mammals” (“Australia’s Great Barrier Reef under Threat”). The coloring of the fish species correlates with the coloring of the corals in terms of survival for the species. Gradually, certain species of the marine life that live in the Great Barrier Reef have adapted to the colors of the reefs to camouflage themselves which ultimately helps them survive and decrease the threat of predators.
This occurs because excess nutrients can fuel the growth of algae blooms that block sunlight from reaching underwater grasses and, during decomposition, rob the water of oxygen that plants and animals need to survive. Certain species of algae that are common in bodies of water plagued by eutrophication can also contaminate shellfish. When consumed by humans, these diseased aquatic invertebrate cause paralytic shellfish poisoning: a potentially fatal disease. Unfortunately, though there are many drawbacks and negative effects on the water quality in the Bay, no real benefits are found in the water when agricultural pollution is present. The most destructive components of agricultural pollution are livestock manure, poultry litter, and chemical fertilizers.
Aim: To investigate the distribution of two different species of barnacles, the acorn barnacle (Chamaesipho columna) and the brown barnacle (Chamaesipho brunnea) at low, mid and high tide. The data collected is from Siren’s Rock, Island Bay. This will be done by looking at both the abiotic and biotic factors of their environment. Barnacles are under the crustacean family, the same family as crayfish and crabs (Ultimate Visual Dictionary of Science). The pattern found on the rocky shore was a zonation pattern.
Red being just a color also has many aspects. The color can symbolize anger, death, struggle, blood, and determination. For example, when someone is said to be angry, one will “see red.” As well as red being a powerful color, when in the everyday life a stop sign, fire truck, ambulance, red stop light, one will take action when seeing the color. When receiving a “red alert” one will be at the highest point of threat and will also take action.
Imagine sitting in a fancy restaurant and ordering the Willapa Bay oyster special. the waiter says they don’t have any oysters. This tragedy is due to ocean acidification. Ocean acidification is happening in Washington’s backyard, but residents might not know what it is. Ocean acidification is when the pH in the ocean is replaced with more acidic substances like carbon dioxide.
Cape cod has an interesting back story filled with slow moving glaciers. The sandy formation juts out into the Atlantic Ocean and is home to fascinating creatures year round. However the landform its self is far more interesting. From immense sand formations to unique current and tide movement, the oceanic spaces are captivating. The pressure of the open Atlantic with the added pressure above from the ever changing gulf of Maine create a diverse set up of bits and ends of curious patterns.
Marine pollution such as presence of organic matter in the ocean can result in the condition known as hypoxia or oxygen depletion and this can have adverse effect on the marine life including plant and animals and fish. Death of these fish can result in loss of millions of US dollars that are generate from the fishing industry. Marine pollution can also result in presence of foul smell resulting from the decomposing sewage being directed to the ocean and this has the effects to hinder recreational activities taking place in the sea as well as cause discomfort and breathing problem to the surrounding population (Laura, 11).marine pollution can also result in danger to human health. The human swimmers and water sport lovers can become endangered by swimming in the polluted marine waters (Laura,
2. Methods and Materials 2.1 Study Area Apalachicola Bay is a wide estuarine system located in the Florida panhandle and covers an area about 539 km2 (Figure 1). The bay is relatively shallow with an average depth of 3.0 m. It is one of the most productive natural systems in North America, and highly recognized by the state, federal and international organizations for its pristine water quality and unaffected estuarine habitats (ANERR, 2008). Apalachicola Bay was formed by the deltaic processes of the Apalachicola River, which is a relatively unpolluted alluvial system.
Macee also researched other types of pollution that has caused disease and tumor growth in this species of turtles. She found that arginine build-up growing on algae in their habitats is poisoning these turtles and causing tumors due to increased arginine levels when the algae is ingested. She explained the effects all of this pollution had on sea turtles and inserted figure 1, which was found during her research and backs up her information. Bryson helped find information to back up our topic and conclude our subject at hand. He also wrote our conclusion based on the information that he gathered in his research.