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Red tide in Jeffreys Bay

The thick plume of red tide that has been sitting off the JBay beaches has made for some awesome viewing at night as the algae bloom turns lumo when the sun sets.

Photo: Joey Nel
Photo: Joey Nel

Commonly known as red tide, these blooms are actually not associated with tides at all.

The frequency and severity of red tides in some parts of the world have been linked to increased nutrient loading from human activities.

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Photo: Zane Hobson
Photo: Zane Hobson

In other areas, red tides are a predictable seasonal occurrence resulting from coastal upwelling, a natural result of the movement of certain ocean currents.

It has been many years since such a concentrated red tide has been seen off our coast and photographers have been up at night to capture all the action.

Photo: Clive Wright
Photo: Clive Wright

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