Red sea not problematic

Persons travelling on South Sound may by now have seen the tinge of red that has highlighted the water along the seashore.

However there is no need for alarm, according to officials at the Department of Environment, as the occurrence is simply a result of mangrove leaves falling into the swamp, decomposing and draining across to the sea.

According to Senior Research Officer at DOE John Bothwell, most leaves produce some type of stain during the breakdown process. He added that Mangrove leaves in particular were more likely to release a stain/dye.

Bothwell commented on the reason persons are now seeing the sea turn red when and where they may not have before. ‘This is due to culverts that have been installed to reduce flooding in a nearby housing development. As a result, the water drains more quickly. It was too subtle to see before but one can now observe it quite readily.’

He went on to say that there is nothing unnatural happening in the area, explaining that the water is simply more concentrated with stain in that spot and arriving there more rapidly than usual.

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