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[Ambassador report] [Free Report] Noctiluca Algae - An Alarming Sign of Grave Global Warming

by Ananya Singh | 19-02-2020 15:50 Comments 17 Comments recommendations 2 recommendations

Scientists have found that global warming is driving proliferation of Noctiluca algae (commonly known as sea tinkle), a harmful algae in Arabian Sea responsible for glowing of Mumbai?s beaches in dark. The study was jointly conducted by researchers from Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), a Ministry of Earth Sciences body and US National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). Noctiluca algae is parasite and occurs in patches or blooms in northern Arabian Sea. Its bioluminescence characteristic i.e. glow in dark has earned it name ?sea sparkle?. The algae compete with fish for food and choke their supply. It devours one of most important planktonic organisms at base of fish-food chain, namely diatoms. It also excretes large amounts of ammonia, which causes massive fish mortality. However, in this study researchers found that global warming conditions are responsible their proliferation. Warming of oceans due to global warming is increasing temperature differences among layers of sea water. This temperature differences has slowed the upward transport of nutrients like from ocean bottom, lowering its concentration at surface. Diatoms growing in surface water which need both sunlight and silicate to build their glass skeletons, fail to thrive when silicate is in short supply. On other hand, Noctiluca algae remain unaffected by these changes and prey on remaining diatoms. Thus, the study shows that intensifying global warming conditions will burgeon the growth of the Noctiluca Algae which, in turn, will disrupt fish-food chain and cause decline of fisheries in the region.

Hence, it's super urgent to curb global warming NOW in order to minimize its ramifications.


Ishma Gurung

  • Ishma Gurung says :
    Thank you so much for this report
    Green cheers
    Posted 25-02-2020 11:33

Hyeongmin Mentor

  • Hyeongmin Mentor says :
    Hello Ananya

    Here is an another example of destruction in the balance of ecosystem due to the global warming. People should be well aware of the climate change because it will eventually affect human society itself. Humans are certainly part of the ecosystem, so the damage we get from the climate change might be larger than we think. Before it's too late, some serious measures should be taken to delay, or stop it.

    Thank you for the great report.
    Posted 23-02-2020 12:48

Sujan Paudel

  • Sujan Paudel says :
    Hello Ananya,
    Green Cheers

    Thanks for your wonderful report on Noctiluca algae
    Posted 22-02-2020 21:33

Rachu Khanal

  • Rachu Khanal says :
    Thank you for the report
    Posted 22-02-2020 19:33

Samikshya Bhusal

  • Samikshya Bhusal says :
    Thank you
    For sharing the information with us. We look forward to hear more from you.
    Posted 22-02-2020 12:25

Jasmine Karki

  • Jasmine Karki says :
    I do hope you are all good there..

    Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful report!!!
    I really felt excited as I went through your report..
    Hope to learn more from you!!

    Green cheers
    Jasmine karki
    Posted 21-02-2020 15:09

Gaurav Adhikari

  • Gaurav Adhikari says :
    hello Ananya,

    It is great to learn about these algae. They look pleasing as hell when they sparkle but they pose grave threat to our aquatic eco-system. Its is time we understand about these things and act accordingly.

    Looking forward for more inspiring articles.

    Posted 21-02-2020 13:00

Kushal Naharki

  • Kushal Naharki says :
    Hello Ananya

    I do hope that you are fine and doing great with your works.
    Thank you for your report about Noctiluca Algae - An Alarming Sign of Grave Global Warming

    Green Cheers from Nepal :)
    Keep writing great reports.
    We are eager to read more reports from you.

    Kushal Naharki

    Posted 21-02-2020 10:36

Theodore  Bechlivanis

  • Theodore Bechlivanis says :
    This has been an on-and-off issue in my hometown as well, although not with this particular algae. Thanks for sharing!
    Posted 21-02-2020 05:35

Sinan Kitagenda

  • Sinan Kitagenda says :
    Thanks for this great information
    Posted 21-02-2020 05:30

Muhammad Fajhriyadi

Manisha Ghimire

  • Manisha Ghimire says :
    Hlo Ananya
    Noctiluca exhibits bioluminesence in water.
    What a anazing phenomenon it is!!
    Thanks for the report!
    Posted 21-02-2020 00:04

  • Aashutosh Shah says :
    Hello Ananya,
    Thank you for the report
    Posted 20-02-2020 17:48

Sabitri  Pandey

  • Sabitri Pandey says :
    Hello Amanda,
    Thanks for sharing such an informative report
    Posted 20-02-2020 16:41

Lisa Mentor

  • Lisa Mentor says :
    Hey Ananya!
    It's Lisa your mentor.

    Excessive increase in the algae population is one of the biggest problems that my country Korea is facing as well! An increase in the seawater temperature is making the environment more suitable for them and the problem is that they negatively influence the ecosystem and other marine species. I even heard that they block the sunlight to pass through the surface which results in the deterioration of marine plants since they cannot perform photosynthesis.

    We Koreans sarcastically call those seas covered with algae as 'Green Tea Latte'. Google it and you will see why.

    Enjoyed reading your article dear!
    Posted 19-02-2020 23:42

Muhammad Fajhriyadi

Shreyas Krishna PS

  • Shreyas Krishna PS says :
    Hi Ananya,

    Very interesting and informative article regarding one of the alarming need to combat global warming.

    Posted 19-02-2020 16:34

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