A type of toxic algae that can make people sick has been discovered in the famous swimming and fishing areas around California. These harmful algal blooms (HABs) have been observed at various locations, including Indian Creek Reservoir, located 30 miles southwest of Lake Tahoe, a report said. Newsweek.
The outlet further said that a red tide has been discovered by the California Water Quality Monitoring Council in San Francisco Bay, Clear Lake, Lake Crawley and Bridgeport Reservoir to contain harmful algal blooms and “alarming” levels of algal toxins.
A colony of algae (cyanobacteria, dinoflagellates, or diatoms) living in a body of water experiences rapid growth, often triggered by changes in the nutritional content or temperature of the water. Not only do these algae produce toxins that can poison people and animals that come into contact with them, but they can also be dangerous if ingested.
According to enviroscienceinc.com, The ability of a harmful algal bloom (HAb) to form toxins at a given time and place may depend on a number of environmental conditions, and the ability of a bloom to do so may fluctuate.
These powerful poisons have the potential to make people sick and even kill cattle, domesticated animals, and wild animals. These HABs not only produce toxins but also affect the taste and smell of public water sources.
Many of these substances are among the deadliest toxins known to mankind, with the most prevalent recommended maximum levels of these algal toxins in drinking water and lakes used for leisure.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), these toxins can be ingested, ingested, inhaled, or absorbed through the skin. Humans can develop gastrointestinal issues, flu-like symptoms, skin rashes and irregular breathing after exposure to HAB. However, exposure to animals can cause seizures and even death. newsweek Told.
In addition to their harmful effects on humans and animals, these algae blooms can have devastating effects on the aquatic environment. These massive growths produce toxic gases and chemicals that can kill other species and quickly consume all the oxygen in the ocean, depriving other marine life of oxygen. If clumps of algae grow too large, they can block sunlight from reaching the water column below, which will kill marine plants because they cannot photosynthesize.