Red tides and algae blooms

Florida has been suffering a particularly bad red tide this year. The algae bloom has been killing tons and tons of marine life. Algae blooms and bacteria blooms cause problems all over the world and a lot of them are made worse by human impact.

CORRECTION: Karenia brevis is also not a plant. It belongs to the group of the Chromista. In the current structure of the tree of life, they are categorized as Protists, so while they are definitely not bacteria, they aren't plants either. They are photosynthetic protists. In the proposed 7-kingdom structure, the Chromista are their own group. Cod, this deserves its own video.

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Kate Hildenbrand

Kate Hildenbrand

Kate Hildenbrand is the writer behind the essays here, author of fiction novels, the creator of the Kate Hildenbrand podcast, and a student of marine ecology. At least, that's her on the surface.