A Beautiful Truth: Boracay Turquoise turned Green

The Republic of Boracay vs Algal Bloom

People noticed what appeared to be an ugly sight of green seaweeds along the long-stretched White Beach.

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Green algae in Boracay. Algal blooms during December.

Main Issue:
Did it kill its beauty? Was there malice? Was murder committed?

Bloom pleaded not guilty.

The real intention that Bloom resided temporarily and seasonally is to warn us that Boracay has become too rich, i.e. nutrient rich, that it pollutes the beach so that less people will be swimming around—to alienate you. Nobody wants to walk on the greens at the beach; people only love swimming in turquoise waters.

Don’t let appearances fool you. You have to uncover the real intention. There was no evil intent, hence no murder was committed.

2nd Issue:
Not Seaweeds, but Algal Bloom alias Green Algae.

There are no grounds to declare Bloom as persona non grata. It is only a case of mistaken identity.

3rd Issue:
Nature works in mysterious ways. White Beach filed for a short vacation to be with Bloom.
Dismissed due to insufficient grounds.
Beach filed another petition for emergency leave.
Petition granted. It is a right, not a privilege. Beach has health issues due to ecological reasons.

So who is the real murderer? Judge well..

It is still beautiful and sometimes mysterious.  🙂


Here is the real story:

Boracay is now rich with waste nutrients causing greenish discoloration of the waters near the shoreline. This is due to climate change. Global warming triggers ocean acidification making the environment adequate for green algae to thrive and proliferate.

In this case green algae including sea grasses, diatoms and soft corals were declared as ‘winners’. While the ‘losers’ were shells, oysters, scallops, sea urchins, sea stars and reef building corals and ‘maybe’ the fishes, shrimps and crabs said Yoshihisa Shirayama, the Executive Director for Research of Japan Agency for Marine-Earth Science and Technology who presented their research studies.

Algal blooms in Boracay occur during the months of February to June covering the summer days when it is overcrowded. This is only seasonal and the beauty of its white beaches with turquoise waters will be back by September.

On another story, Bulabog Beach which is mostly for water sports like kite surfing, but not for leisure swimming, was reported to be with above normal concentration of coliform bacteria. The mushrooming of hotels and establishments with poor sewage disposal system in the area caused the high presence of the bacteria. However, the rest of Boracay is still safe for swimming.

Due to this alarming phenomenon, DENR is conducting an inventory of the resorts and other establishments checking waste water management compliance.

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Source: DENR Website

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