Fluorescent blue, harmful algal bloom along the Hong Kong shores

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January 24, 2015

Fluorescent blue, harmful algal bloom along the Hong Kong shores

A bioluminescent algal bloom created by Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as Sea Sparkle, is turning Hong Kong's seashores into a spectacular and disturbing sight this week. Scientists say the fluorescent blue glow is an indicator of a harmful algal bloom. 

Although this organism looks and acts like algae, it's actually as single-celled organism that can function as both animal and plant.

Samantha Joye, oceanographer at the University of Georgia, said for AP this type of blooms are triggered by farm pollution that can be devastating to marine life and local fisheries.

According to R. Eugene at Louisiana State University, this organism does not produce neurotoxins like other similar organisms do, but its role as both prey and predator can eventually magnify the accumulation of toxins in the food chain.

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