Saturday, September 29, 2012

Brown Tide at Indian River Lagoon

Algae clobbering
vital sea grass,
in the Indian River Lagoon.

A super-tiny plant, a big name,
Aureoumbra lagunensis—
“brown tide.”

Billions in every quart
of lagoon water,
turning the water brown,

preventing sunlight from penetrating ,
shading-to-death
the meadows of sea grass—

the  foundation
of lagoon marine life—
providing food and shelter.


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The die-off of plants,
devastating to everything—
manatees, wading birds, fish. 

Distressed fish,
swimming erratically,
gasping for air, near death.

The loss of sea grass,
causing lasting harm
to the lagoon.

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© 2012 Catherine Giordano
 
 
This beautiful artist's rendition of brown tide was done by Joanie Gagnon San Chirico.