It's not pink guava juice: Pink tide hits Penang again

GEORGE TOWN: The seawater in Penang has turned pink again.

Centre for Marine and Coastal Studies (Cemacs) deputy director Dr Annette Jaya Ram spotted the pink tide in Teluk Bahang around 11am on Sunday (Aug 27) while walking at the National Park.

"When I was walking along the trail, I glanced over at the beach and it was visible enough to see from where I was standing.

"It was close to the coast and large enough to be visible.

"We cannot predict when it occurs but it does happen off and on.

"It depends on the weather and recently, it rained and now since the rain has stopped, the algae has appeared.

"When it rains you get nutrients that enter the sea.

"Algae or plankton thrive on it and that is when you get to see it bloom like this," she said.

In April this year, The Star reported that the sea around Penang was assailed by thick streaks of pink algae blooms.

Scientists said the algae is Noctiluca scintillans, and it is non-toxic beyond having an ammonia content that might drive some fish away. It is also not a threat to marine life.

Dr Annette said it was the same pink algae.

"We did preliminary testing and this particular organism has high content of ammonia.

"Fish will not like it as it is not natural to them and they try to get away from it," she said.

She does not think it will last long as it usually appears in a day or two.

The pink tide is not harmful to humans, and that fish caught around Penang is still safe to eat.

It starts with prolonged hot weather, followed by sudden substantial rainfall which sends nutrients pouring into the sea.

Follow us on our official WhatsApp channel for breaking news alerts and key updates!

Pink tide , Penang , algae


Next In Nation

Manipal University College Malaysia implements Malaysia’s first fully paperless digital examination
Be constructive and mature when criticising government, says GRS youth information chief
Maqis seizes 18 tonnes of frozen meat from Denmark
Keep JB clean during Chingay parade and at Ramadan bazaars, says mayor
Commonwealth lawyers urge more protection for climate-vulnerable groups
Selangor Ruler issues royal rebuke for Hadi
Anwar puzzled at lack of support from Opposition for MACC anti-graft probes
Up to AGC to reinstate charges against Ahmad Zahid, says MACC chief
Palm oil industry can get extra RM20bil yield through circular economy, says Ahmad Shabery
Couple claim trial to committing thefts in PD

Others Also Read