Black Sea turned red in Odesa: Toxins in water can lead to allergies and poisoning

Source : 112 Ukraine

Swimming in the sea is not recommended due to the large amount of algae
22:00, 12 October 2020

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In Odesa, the waters of the bay turned dark red. Photos of the large-scale phenomenon were published by the Odesa public figure and biologist Vladyslav Balinsky on his Facebook page.

According to him, this is one of the largest red tides in the entire history of observation. The reason for this is the large number of unicellular photosynthetic algae dinoflagellates.

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Among the reasons, the biologist points out to water pollution and prolonged high temperatures. He also stated that algae can release toxins.

"The poison dissolves in water, is included in food chains and accumulates in fish, molluscs, crustaceans, evaporates into the atmosphere," he wrote.

According to Balinsky, toxins can lead to allergies when swimming and to severe poisoning when eating seafood. He also urged to give up swimming in the sea and eating seafood.

There is real summer weather in Odesa now and many residents of Odesa continue to swim in the sea, catch gobies, mussels and rapans - something that should never be done.

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