This Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution website provides general information about the 2005 outbreak of toxic alga Alexandrium fundyense, a type of algae that causes red tide. This bloom outbreak is the worst in New England since 1972 and occurred off of the Gulf of Maine. The site also addresses possible causes for the bloom, why the bloom was so intense and widespread, and its economic cost. The web page features color diagrams of infected sites, pictures, and links to related sites.
Subject: Biology:Ecology:Principles, Habitats:Marine, Water Column, Biology:Microbiology, Microbiology:Microbiology and Health Resource Type: Scientific Resources:Overview/Reference Work Grade Level: General Public, College Upper (15-16), College Lower (13-14), High School (9-12), Middle (6-8) Ocean Environments: Coastal and Estuarine Theme: Teach the Earth:Course Topics:EcologyKeywords: HAB, harmful algal bloom, paralytic shellfish poisoning, PSP