Photos & Video: Spittal Pond Turns Pink

June 28, 2019 | 12 Comments

In addition to our pink sand and pink sports uniforms, we also currently have a pink pond, with the Spittal Pond Nature Reserve in Smiths having turned pink due to a “seasonal plankton bloom.”

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources explained that the “intense pink colour of the water in Spittal Pond is due to a seasonal plankton ‘bloom.’

“Microscopic phytoplankton cells grow and reproduce rapidly in the warm waters that are enriched with nutrients. The red colour is determined by the photosynthetic pigments in each of the billions of phytoplankton cells in the pond.

Bermuda Aerial Media provide a look at the pink pond:

“A similar bloom was observed there in September 2015. The types of phytoplankton cells present in Spittal Pond do vary over time and environmental conditions also vary subtly and only certain combinations of temperature, nutrients and specific cells can produce a bloom.

“This condition may last for some time until nutrients are used up and zooplankton begin to feed on the phytoplankton, controlling their growth.”

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  1. Tragic says:

    Looks like a Flamingo slaughter!

  2. Sir Lancelot says:

    I hereby dub thee, “Lake Pepto Bismol”.

  3. JohnBoy says:

    That’s a lot of pepto there.

  4. Bermy says:

    Wow, must be a sign from God that he supports equal rights and the Pride parade.

    • question says:

      LOL.

    • What says:

      Actually he turned water into blood to protest those who did not obey his commandments! Think on that!

      • lav says:

        “Actually he turned water into blood to protest those who did not obey his commandments! ”

        You must be running really scared then.

  5. sage says:

    Cow manure runoff.

  6. JohnBoy says:

    Any idea how deep it is there?

  7. puma says:

    More to the point you need one of those new oxiginators if you go near there…better yet…an oxygen tank…this algea actually deoxiginates areas downwind…be careful.

  8. puma says:

    People with breathing difficulty should stay away from there…

  9. Triangle Drifter says:

    Just looking. Some day Spittal Pond will become a very nice small boat Harbour. All it will take is continued water level rising & a few big storms to break through the narrow bits at the east or westends.

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