Massive Red Algae Bloom In Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet And English Bay

Algae bloom turns Burrard Inlet And English Bay blood red in July 2014.

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Normally surrounded by clear blue water, Vancouver’s Burrard Inlet And English Bay are now turning blood red.

This discoloration is due to massive algae blooms in the waters of Vancouver.

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English Bay Turned Red Due To Algae bloom on July 9 2014 in Vancouver. Photo: Chad Dey

According to Twitter user Chad Dey, such events are rare around the capital of British Colombia.

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Red algae bloom in Burrard Inlet on July 9 2014. Photo: BC-CTV News

These red algae blooms are also known as “red tides”. Some of these algae produce toxins, which can sometimes be dangerous for wildlife and humans.

Dumping of fertilizer can lead to red tides, but they are mostly triggered by the right combination of tide and temperature favourable to develop these red algae blooms.

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