The Blob in the Pacific

There is a ribbon of algae blooming in the Pacific Ocean. It is about 65 kilometres wide and extends to a depth of 200 metres stretching from Alaska in the North to the shores of California. Algae is reasonably common in oceans but in this part of the Pacific it is unprecedented because normally the waters are too cold to encourage algae. However, this part of the Pacific seems unusually warm – some reports say it is 3 degrees Celsius warmer than usual, thus making a good environment for microscopic algae. Continue reading