Talk:Red tide

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"The Alabama Crimson Tide is a reference to red tide."

I have lived in Alabama all my life, rooting for Alabama football, and I have never heard this. Plus Tuscaloosa is about 250 miles inland, so the phenomenon isn't particularly familiar here.

University of Alabama traditions supports your view. The Jade Knight 06:25, 13 June 2007 (UTC)


For what it's worth, red tide plays a major plot role in Clive Cussler's novel Sahara. Don't know if that factoid is wikipedia-able.



I am old-fashoned. I prefer the use of Algae for marine "plants" It seems many are using Protists to cover all organisims which are simple in composition such as algae, bacteria, fungi etc. I don't agree - but some may wish to use Protisra here not plants.Osborne 10:20, 12 June 2007 (UTC)

Respiratory problems in humans?[edit]

This entry on Red Tide appears to be incomplete.

Case in point: I went to the beach and started coughing. This has never happened before, so I asked someone there and he stated it was due to the red tide. Local newspapers and other sources online do indicate that algal blooms may in fact cause respiratory symptoms in humans such as wheezing and coughing. I believe this is worth a paragraph on this entry.

Do a Google search on "respiratory problems caused by red tide" to get more info.

James.Grubic 17:05, 15 October 2007 (UTC)

  • There is currently an outbreak on the Space Coast. You cannot go to the beach without starting coughing and sneezing. Hektor (talk) 01:05, 11 December 2007 (UTC)

There have been ancedotal evidence of a few human deaths caused by red tide in which the doctors were unwilling (on even mentioned political pressure) to list red tide as the cuse of death, instead they listed pnemonia or lung failure. Howver the site which has the evidence is ( is now defunct. Anyone know how I get that evidence back? (talk) 12:32, 12 February 2009 (UTC)

Possible Ancient Outbreaks[edit]

Would others think it is useful to mention references in ancient history or Bible to possible HAB outbreaks in the Bible?

Exo 7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, just as the LORD commanded. So he lifted up the rod and struck the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh and in the sight of his servants. And all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood.

Exo 7:21 The fish that were in the river died, the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink the water of the river. So there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.

--Wer2chosen 12:20, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

I've certainly heard of this connection being drawn before. It could go in the notable occurrences section. However, if it is to be added to the article, we'd need a good source for the connection (e.g. scientific article; item from a major news agency). One of us simply pointing it out would be original research. Cheers, --Plumbago 12:31, 13 November 2007 (UTC)
I would agree we would need sources, I do not agree with ‘scientific journal’ or 'major news agency', if we held that candle to all article, wikipedia would be a third of the prize.
I see allot of articles that reference AP articles, non-fiction (not necessarily scientific).
There have been numerous articles, a few books, and numerous television shows that have mentioned it. I remember hearing about it allot in 1998-1999. Just doing a quick Google, I see MSNBC had a report mentioning it. "End Times Journal', have not heard of that one, had an article, the AP it appears had one. It appears a couple of books have been published that claim this is a natural explanation for those events.

It may be interesting to pick up some of the books.

This Prof (Colin Humphreys), has done some research on it, and has written a book.

--Wer2chosen 15:53, 13 November 2007 (UTC)

An Example from Satellite imagery[edit]

A great example (as seen here 46°37′02″N 53°10′57″W / 46.6173°N 53.1825°W / 46.6173; -53.1825) of a bloom, as it occurs annually around the coast of Newfoundland especially at the southern of the Avalon Peninsula at ecological reserve, Mistaken Point. West of this point is Cape St. Mary's Bird Sanctuary, home to one of the largest Gannet bird sanctuary in the world. --HJKeats (talk) 16:33, 25 February 2008 (UTC)

New merge discussion[edit]

See Talk:Harmful algal bloom#New merge discussion. Dcoetzee 01:23, 27 July 2009 (UTC)

What about green tides ?[edit]

Those are a major problem in France (especially on Brittany coasts), China... The French WP has a large article (fr: Marée verte) which doesn't seem to have any interwiki links. Did I look in the wrong place ?--Dfeldmann (talk) 08:56, 28 February 2011 (UTC)

Does Anybody Know[edit]

anything about luminous tides which seems to be generally green or yellow in color and actually make waves glow at night? Are they caused by the same microorganisms? As they are not red I'm wondering if there is a special name for them. They seem to be phosphorescent. (talk) 20:48, 29 January 2013 (UTC)

Have a look at Bioluminescence and scroll down to the list of marine organisms and also have a look at Noctiluca scintillans, a very common marine alga which can produce tomato-soup red blooms, especially near shore in late spring. Regards  Velella  Velella Talk   20:57, 29 January 2013 (UTC)