Friday, March 21, 2014

Presence of green algae, slowly seen at the shoreline of Boracay

Posted March 21, 2014 as of 12nn
Written by Jay-ar M. Arante

“Summer month is “lumot” (algae) month.”

This is how some tourists going to Boracay Island see things after seeing the presence of green algae at the shore of the island.

In the statement of Malay Agriculture’s Office Marine Biologist Jhon Felix Balquin, he said the stillness of the sea is one of the reasons why algae come out and go to the shoreline of the island.

However, on the belief that the presence of algae is a sign that it is already summer, Balquin clarified that this is not the true basis of the start of summer.

He added that there is no truth that the algae help in making the sand of Boracay white.

Meanwhile, it was earlier said by the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR) that the public should not be alarmed by the presence of the green algae on the shore.

Based on the study of the water of Boracay by the environmental Management Bureau (EMB) of the DENR Regional Office, the water at the beach of Boracay was classified Class B which means it is safe for swimmers.

On the other hand, the emergence of algae has not been a hindrance for tourists who continue to visit Boracay for their summer vacation.

Meanwhile, according to experts the algae will disappear together with the end of summer season in the country.

Translated/Edited by Rodel J. Abalus

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