No, it’s not red tide: Looks like noctiluca is back off West Seattle

Thanks to Tamsen for the photo from Lincoln Park, and also to Linda for a sighting report from the nearby Lowman Beach area: As has been happening every year for a while, warm weather and long days are bringing reddish water to the West Seattle shores, and today marks the first report we’ve received this year. It’s almost always a NONTOXIC bloom called noctiluca – you can see earlier photos in our first report from last year and from 2013 (both of those were in May, too). Here’s a state webpage with more information, plus a way to report sightings, which they’re interested in studying.

2 Replies to "No, it's not red tide: Looks like noctiluca is back off West Seattle"

  • Community Member May 28, 2015 (8:24 pm)

    I think we should have an annual “Welcome Noctiluca Festival”. This could be a great reason for a beach party. We need some song writers. Maybe a mini-parade? Silly hats.
    Welcoming the return of our beloved Noctiluca could become an annual tradition, a semi-official silly official beginning of summer.

  • Chris W May 29, 2015 (6:40 am)

    Well, there IS Flipper Fest at Alki on Sunday afternoon. I’m sure we could work in some singing for ya!

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