Black Water Patch Observed In Sea Off South Florida

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Anybody know anything about this??

space.com/scienceastronomy/planetearth/black_water_020322.html
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Good picture. There's a link to a longer version of this story, and my reply (and maybe others by now), on Experts Advise
 

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Is "black water" common?

What I found really unsettling in the articles was the seeming nonchalant attitude the authorities have towards the situtation. Why are people still going out there when they can get lethal infections from cuts? And what do they mean they're "waiting for someone to bring in a sample"??? Why isn't the government out there actively looking for a sample?
 

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The link in post #1 is dead. Here's an excerpted summary of the text.

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Satellite Spots Mystery Patch of Black Water Near Florida
Scientists are stumped by a strange black mass of water in Florida Bay, clearly seen in a newly released image taken by NASA's SeaWiFS satellite.
The photo was made Feb. 4, at the height of the event. Scientists are not sure if the mass, which has since broken up into patches, was a bloom of algae, a breakout of bacteria or perhaps the result of some other event.

One scientist speculated that perhaps some underwater fountain is spewing black water ...

The black stuff was first spotted in January by pilots looking for fish ...

The broken patches now are spread along 126 miles north of the Florida Keys and west of mainland Florida.

Though no dead fish were found, fishermen have reported an abysmal season in the area and unusual behavior in the few fish they did find ...
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