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Haddock told KSBW, “It is almost certainly a dinoflagellate bloom. We are also seeing relative high bioluminescence with our instruments here in Monterey Bay.”
Haddock explained, “The species counts from Santa Cruz area show low to moderate numbers of the ‘usual suspects’ of luminous species that we would expect to cause such a bloom: Noctiluca,
Lingulodinium, and Protoperidinium being some of the brightest.”
“We have been getting reports of high bioluminescence down the coast since at least early January, so it is not due to the last few days of warm weather necessarily. The typical pattern leading to a bloom of dinoflagellates is an influx of nutrients (for example wind turning over the water column or rain providing runoff) followed by a calm period which allows the water to stratify (form layers). In these layers the dinoflagellates can accumulate into high concentrations before they get mixed around by subsequent windy conditions,
” Haddock said.