What is the Pink Water on Maui?

A few weeks ago the waters of Kealia Pond National Wildlife Refuge turned pink.  They quickly made the national news.  Visitors started coming from all over the world to see the pink water and speculate on what it was from. 

I went down there early in the morning to check it out myself and had a great conversation with a federal officer sent there to protect the area.  He was saying he never saw anything quite like this.  There was something similar a few years back in San Francisco, but it wasn’t nearly as opaque as this. According to him, the University of Hawaii had analyzed water samples and the going theory was that it was some sort of non-toxic bacteria bloom. More tests are still underway. 

I’ll admit, this kind of thing doesn’t usually interest me, but it is very strange.  It’s not like it has a light pink tint to it, it is full on pink water. Like someone dumped 50,000 gallons of Peptol Bismol in there kind of pink water.  The officer also didn’t have a guess for how long the bloom was supposed to last.  It’s already been going for a few weeks, and while it may be lessened, it still is pretty pink water. 

Check out the rest of the images of this weird phenomenon and let me know what your thoughts are.  Have you ever seen anything like this before?

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