Red tide - or pinkish orange due to carotenoids, which is a...

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Red Tide Red tide is a simple name describing a massive number of dinoflagellates invading coastal waters. These dinoflagellates are a group of Alveolata that live in both saltwater and freshwater. They are known for the characteristic of having two flagella located in circular grooves along the outer armor. By vibrating the spiral-shaped flagella, these dinoflagellates are able to spin through the water, providing a form of locomotion. The explosive dinoflagellate blooms that cause red tide can appear brownish red
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Unformatted text preview: or pinkish orange due to carotenoids, which is a common pigment found in dinoflagellates. Red tide produces neurotoxins which can kill a great amount of invertebrates and fish, while also causing respiratory problems in humans. As the Corpus Christi Caller Times article claimed, recent rainfall in the Corpus Christi area caused the red tide to recede back from the coast. Cooler temperatures are another reason that make the dinoflagellates retreat, but it was unknown how long the recession would last....
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This note was uploaded on 03/27/2008 for the course BIO 1407 taught by Professor Grise during the Spring '08 term at Texas A&M University, Corpus Christi.

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