Red Tide has become a familiar sight here in San Clemente, Ca..Here are some need to know beach basics about Red Tide in our Southern California coastal waters.
- Definition: A common name for a phenomenon caused by algal blooms during which algae becomes so numerous that it discolors coastal waters red.
- Causes: Major factors influencing red tide events; warm water surface temperatures, low salinity, high nutrient content, calm seas, rain followed by sunny days during the summer months.
- How are Red Tides Harmful? The algal bloom may deplete oxygen in the waters and /or release toxins that may cause illness in humans and other animals.
- One (1) Harmful Species of he algal blooms in Pacific Waters is known as Alexandrium Cantella. This species is harmful not deadly.