Did you know that it is possible to predict and track HABs? The National Oceanic And Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has satellites that scan the water for color, and buoys on the surface of the water and sensors on the ocean floor that sense color and current. After an oceanographer analyzes this data, they know where the Red Tide is going to next. This system is called the Integrated Ocean Observing System. If you would like to see a video of how NOAA tracks Red Tides, click here.
You may be wondering if the Red Tide could have been the first plague, blood, which God sent against Pharoah when he wouldn’t let the Jewish people leave Egypt. I was wondering the same thing, so I did some research and found out that it couldn’t be because the Red Tide doesn’t happen in the Nile River because Red Tides only occur in oceans. I thought about this and found a solution: If you look at a map, the Nile River starts in Sudan and then flows into Egypt. That could mean that maybe the Red Sea water levels were higher and the mountains were lower. At the same time, there was a Red Tide, which flowed over the mountains, and into the Nile it went.
Red tides are extraordinary but they can also be dangerous. When we were anchored in Tamarindo Bay in Tenacatita, we saw a real Red Tide. My parents learned that it was okay to swim in it because it wasn’t that bad. It was so interesting so my parents told me to research it.
-Harrison, currently in California for a visit