Fish, mammals, whales and shell fish are being killed by the hundreds and thousands by what are called “toxic algae blooms.”
A horrific scene that resembles a biblical plague of epic proportions.
From the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean, and just about every body of water in between, acidic waters and dangerous organisms are wreaking havoc on all life that enters or swims in its toxic waters.
In California, Florida, Oregon, Washington and Alaska, fisherman are going out of business because the fish and shell fish they catch is laced with deadly toxins.
People are also getting deathly sick. Some may be dying or dead already.
This is not just an Apocalyptic biblical tale being preached by a hell fire pastor in a hot and sweaty church on Sunday morning. Nor is this a theory by whom some would call a tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorist, but a scientific fact that is now our new bitter reality.
The reason I’m starting to document this algae epidemic in the U.S. and across the world on my mold website is because both mold (aka fungus) and algae are two micro-organisms that live in close association with each other so much so that they appear to be a single plant. In addition, they can both be very toxic and deadly.
It is important that the public is aware of these scientific facts. Especially people who have already become ill from mold exposure, young children, older adults and those people with weakened immune systemsHarmful algae blooms are caused by species of tiny plants—phytoplankton—some of which produce potent chemical toxins such as domoic acid. Fueled by periodic abundances of nutrients in the ocean, these algae multiply and proliferate until they can cover tens to hundreds and thousands of miles of coastal ocean.
On the NOAA, Northwest Fisheries Science Center (NWFSC) website, they detail how this toxin has caused many deaths throughout the country:
“Domoic acid has been responsible for several deaths and both permanent and transitory illness in over a hundred people. The toxin is produced by marine diatoms which are members of the genus Pseudo-nitzschia.
Both shellfish and fish can accumulate this toxin without apparent ill effects; however, in humans the toxin crosses into the brain and interferes with nerve signal transmission. People poisoned with very high doses of the toxin can die, while lower doses can cause permanent brain damage (short term memory loss).
The first reported outbreak of domoic acid poisoning occurred in 1987 when shellfish from Prince Edward Island Canada were consumed. In that outbreak, 3 people died and over 100 people developed various toxic symptoms.
The most unusual, and most serious toxic symptom, was a loss of short term memory–hence the initial designation of the syndrome in humans as amnesiac shellfish poisoning (ASP). However, since the toxin has been found in fin-fish and the chemical structure of the toxin is now known, a more accurate term is Domoic Acid Poisoning.
Domoic acid is a potent neurotoxin produced by a type of microscopic algae called Pseudo-nitzschia that occurs naturally in coastal waters. Symptoms of domoic acid poisoning can occur within 30 minutes to 24 hours after eating toxic seafood. In mild cases, symptoms may include vomiting, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, headache and dizziness.
These symptoms disappear within several days. In severe cases, the victim may experience trouble breathing, confusion, disorientation, cardiovascular instability, seizures, excessive bronchial secretions, permanent loss of short-term memory (a condition known as Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning), coma or death.
In 1991, along the beaches of Monterey Bay, CA, dead and dying seabirds were observed–many of the sick birds displayed unusual symptoms suggesting a neurological toxin. Examination of the contents of the dead bird’s stomachs revealed high levels of domoic acid. Furthermore, the birds had been eating anchovies from the bay. In turn, examination of the anchovy gut contents showed that these fish had been consuming the diatom called Pseudo-nitzschia australis.”
A 2008 study into these harmful algae blooms titled, “Harmful algal blooms and eutrophication: Examining linkages from selected coastal regions of the United States,” details just how dangerous they can be:
“Coastal waters of the United States (U.S.) are subject to many of the major harmful algal bloom (HAB) poisoning syndromes and impacts. These include paralytic shellfish poisoning (PSP), neurotoxic shellfish poisoning (NSP), amnesic shellfish poisoning (ASP), ciguatera fish poisoning (CFP) and various other HAB phenomena such as fish kills, loss of submerged vegetation, shellfish mortalities, and widespread marine mammal mortalities.
Virtually every coastal nation is affected by harmful algal blooms (HABs; Hallegraeff, 1993). It is now widely accepted that there are more toxic algal species, algal toxins, areas affected, fisheries resources impacted, and higher economic losses compared to several decades ago.”
The CDC recently launched a website detailing just how dangerous these algae blooms can be to humans:
“Harmful algal blooms (HABs) are an emerging public health issue that can contaminate the environment, drinking water, recreational water, and food. Exposure to HAB toxins through water, food, or air may cause a range of mild to severe symptoms in both humans and animals.
HAB-associated exposures can result in symptoms that affect the skin, stomach and intestines, lungs, and nervous system. Animals, such as dogs, cattle, birds, and fish, are likely to be affected before people during HAB events as they are more likely to drink from or swim in waters that contain HABs. People can be affected by HAB events from exposure during work or recreational activities, or from ingestion of contaminated water or food.”
Is this the first of four trumpets in the Apocalypse as it is said in Revelation 8:10?
“A third of the living creatures in the sea died, and a third of the ships were destroyed. Then the third angel sounded his trumpet, and a great star burning like a torch fell from heaven and landed on a third of the rivers and on the springs of water. The name of the star is Wormwood. A third of the waters turned bitter like wormwood oil, and many people died from the bitter waters.”
For the past month, apocalyptic like toxic algae blooms have formed all along the coast, and in lakes that has caused Florida to be placed under a state of emergency issued by Florida Governor Rick Scott.
No one knows why it is happening, but politicians and residents are blaming the federal government.
Multiple Florida lawmakers have asked federal authorities such as the CDC to investigate the coastal communities that are being plagued with algae blooms and other environmental damage. However, their pleas for help appear to be falling on deaf ears.
“I would describe them as guacamole-thick. And it stinks,” said Gabriella Ferraro, spokeswoman for Martin County.
“I’ve seen Jensen Beach closed for sharks,” said Irene Gomes, whose family has run the Driftwood Motel since 1958. “I’ve never seen it closed for an algae bloom before.”
As bad as it looks, the stench is far worse, driving away Gomes’ motel customers, chasing off paddleboard and kayak renters and forcing residents to stay indoors.
“It smells like death on a cracker,” said Gomes’ friend Cyndi Lenz, a nurse. Morgues don’t smell as bad, she added.
It is said in Scripture that the sea becomes the sea of Sodom and Gomorrah, the sea of death. The “fountains of waters” which become imbued with the nauseous bitterness characteristic of that which is emphatically called in the Scripture the “salt sea,” and the healing of whose uninhabited waters forms part of the subject of the last vision of Ezekiel.*
The evil agency which embitters these waters is described as a “great Star,” which reveals the extreme severity of the pestilence here represented.
Florida’s U.S. senators, Republican Marco Rubio and Democrat Bill Nelson, have joined Martin County commissioners in calling for the Army Corps of Engineers to stop the flow of water between the river and Lake Okeechobee. Residents and business owners blame the algae on pollutants streaming from the lake.
Rubio on Friday toured a portion of the St. Lucie River and told of visiting one riverside home where it “smelled like an open sewer.” He called on President Barack Obama to declare a state of emergency to help businesses harmed by the massive algae bloom.
It is not just Florida that is suffering from this algae plague. The whole the West Coast from California to Oregon, Washington and Alaska have been effected by what has been called “The Blob.”
In August 2015, Discover Magazine reported:
It has been called “The Blob,” a gigantic patch of abnormally warm water sitting in the Northeast Pacific Ocean for months. And now, The Blob may have helped midwife a record-breaking bloom of algae stretching from Southern California all the way north to Alaska.
More about that warm water in a minute. But first, that giant algae bloom: It consists of tiny marine plants known as phytoplankton, and it is “laced with some toxic species that have had far-reaching consequences for sea life and regional and local economies,” according to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.
Toxins from the algae are suspected to have contributed to the deaths of at least nine Fin whales near Kodiak Island, Alaska, in June,although a definitive cause has not yet been determined, NOAA says. There have also been reports of dead and dying whales, gulls, and forage fish in Alaska’s Aleutian Islands, possibly connected to the algae.
According to NOAA:
“. . . extremely high levels of an algal toxin called domoic acid, which is produced by a group of phytoplankton calledPseudo-nitzschia, have led to closures of recreational razor clam harvests in Oregon and Washington, as well as closing of large portions of the Washington state Dungeness crab fishery and some of the sardine and anchovy fisheries in California.”
The 2008 study, “Harmful algal blooms and eutrophication: Examining linkages from selected coastal regions of the United States,” explains the algae in California:
“California coastal HAB problems are dominated by two organisms: Alexandrium catenella which produces saxitoxin (STX), the causative agent of PSP, and several Pseudo-nitzschia species whose toxic strains produce domoic acid (DA), the causative agent for Amnesic Shellfish Poisoning (ASP; alternately called Domoic Acid Poisoning). While other HAB species are present, some of which are linked to nutrient loading (e.g., the dinoflagellate Lingulodinium polyedrum and the raphidophyte H. akashiwo; Kudela and Cochlan, 2000; Herndon et al., 2003), here we emphasize ASP and PSP syndromes that are regularly monitored by state agencies in California.
Potentially toxic Pseudo-nitzschia spp. are ubiquitous in California coastal waters, and major toxin events often occur over large spatial and temporal scales (Trainer et al., 2000). Prior to 2000, toxic blooms were considered rare and unusual in southern California (Lange et al., 1994); however, in recent years ASP has become increasingly important in southern regions (e.g. Trainer et al., 2000; Busse et al., 2006; Schnetzer et al., 2007).”
In June 2015 the Seattle Times reported on what might be the largest toxic algae bloom ever recorded off the West Coast. From the article:
The effects stretch from Central California to British Columbia, and possibly as far north as Alaska. Dangerous levels of the natural toxin domoic acid have shut down recreational and commercial shellfish harvests in Washington, Oregon and California this spring, including the lucrative Dungeness crab fishery off Washington’s southern coast and the state’s popular razor-clam season.
At the same time, two other types of toxins rarely seen in combination are turning up in shellfish in Puget Sound and along the Washington coast, said Vera Trainer, manager of the Marine Microbes and Toxins Programs at the Northwest Fisheries Science Center in Seattle.
“The fact that we’re seeing multiple toxins at the same time, we’re seeing high levels of domoic acid, and we’re seeing a coastwide bloom — those are indications that this is unprecedented,” Trainer said.
Researchers monitoring the unprecedented bloom of toxic algae along the west coast of North America in 2015 found record levels of the algal toxin domoic acid in samples from a wide range of marine organisms. The toxin was also detected for the first time in the muscle tissue or filet of several commercial fish species.
National Geographic reported in December 2015 that these algae bloom toxins are impairing the memory, possibly contributing to large numbers of starving animals in California.
“A toxin produced by marine algae can impair sea lions’ memory, scientists reported Monday, making it difficult for sick sea lions to find their way to food.
Large growths, or blooms, of the algae off the coast of California may have contributed to the unprecedented number of starving sea lions that have washed up on the state’s beaches since 2013.
The algal toxin affects not only sea lions, but dolphins, fur seals, sea otters, and other species. And the problem is unlikely to go away, particularly because warming ocean waters and nutrient-rich agricultural runoff tend to fuel algal outbreaks.
“The blooms are just going to get bigger and bigger. Sea lions are just the tip of the iceberg,” says Peter Cook of Emory University, who reported the behavioral effects of domoic acid at a conference of the Society for Marine Mammalogy. “It’s a grim story.”
Since 1998, scientists have known that domoic acid causes seizures and other neurological problems in California sea lions (Zalophus californianus). At high enough levels, it can even kill the animals. But until now, only anecdotal evidence suggested effects on behavior.
Scientists had previously noticed odd behaviors, including “sea lions swimming up rivers and going into cities and interacting with people,” says veterinary scientist Shawn Johnson of the Marine Mammal Center. “It’s exciting to finally see science validate what we’ve known for a long time.”
Investigations led by scientists at the University of California, Santa Cruz, help explain the extraordinary duration and intensity of the 2015 domoic acid event, the spread of the toxin through the marine food web, and its persistence in Dungeness crab months after the algal bloom disappeared from coastal waters. Ocean scientist Raphael Kudela, the Lynn Professor of Ocean Health at UC Santa Cruz, will present the latest research findings at the American Geophysical Union (AGU) Fall Meeting in San Francisco on Friday, December 18.
Domoic acid is a potent neurotoxin produced by a type of microscopic algae called Pseudo-nitzschia that occurs naturally in coastal waters. Blooms of the toxic algae along the California coast typically occur in the spring and fall and last just a few weeks. This year, however, unusual oceanographic conditions (unrelated to El Niño) led to the largest and longest-lasting bloom ever recorded.
“The duration of the bloom and the intensity of the toxicity were unprecedented, and that led to record levels of the toxin in species such as anchovies, razor clams, and crabs,” Kudela said. “We also saw the toxin in organisms and parts of organisms where we thought it was not supposed to be, like the filets of fish.”
This algae blood is NOT going away on the West Coast and can still be seen from space.
Predicted “nowcasts” of harmful algal bloom (HAB) conditions are created through a combination of 1) sophisticated circulation models that predict the ocean physics, 2) satellite remote-sensing data of the ocean “color” and chlorophyll patterns, and 3) statistical models for predicting bloom and toxin likelihoods. These predictions are generated daily to provide a snapshot of where you might encounter a Pseudo-nitzschia bloom and/or domoic acid event.
This latest satellite photograph from July, 14, 2016 proves this fact. The map image displays the probability that the abundance of toxin-producing species of the diatom Pseudo-nitzschia in coastal waters is at or above the “bloom” threshold of 10,000 cells per liter. A value of 0.7, for example, means there’s a 70% predicted probability of Pseudo-nitzschia blooms in that pixel.
Mold Safe Solutions Conclusion:
These toxic events depicted above are increasing in severity with what appears to be no end in sight and there are currently no solutions to stop these toxic algae blooms from occurring. Hence, there is no known scientific cure.
What this means is that they will increase and become much more devastating as time rolls on.
Much of the world’s population depends on the ocean, lakes and rivers to survive. The consequences will result in a world wide plague of biblical proportions.
“Wormwood” seems fitting for this apocalyptic like scenario we are now facing.
Wormwood means bitterness. The bitter water of this third trumpet judgment will be so poisonous that many fish, mammals and people around the globe will die as a result.
Other Sources and References:
The CDC recently launched a reporting system for harmful algal blooms, as well as a new website with important information for both health officials and the public. The One Health Harmful Algal Bloom System (OHHABS) collects data on HABs and associated human and animal illness. This voluntary reporting system is accessible to state and territorial public health partners. Go to the link
Harmful Algal Blooms – by NOAA National Ocean Service
NOAA Marine Biotoxins Program (Pacific Region)
Harmful Algae and Red Tides – by Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Harmful Algae & Red Tide Regional Monitoring Program and Map – by Southern California Coastal Ocean Observing System (SCCOOS)
Toxic Algae Blooms KQED radio report
Red Tide (Surfline)
The Beach Manager’s Manual – Harmful Algal Blooms (Great Lakes)