Is the Baltic Sea facing large algal outbreak?

A close up shot of a blue-green algae bloom. Location not identified.  (iStock)
A close up shot of a blue-green algae bloom. Location not identified. (iStock)
The Baltic Sea could be hit by a large algal bloom this summer, according to Finnish scientists.

Research from the Finnish Environment Institute’s Marine Research Centre indicates that high levels of phosphorus in the water could lead to plenty of the blue-green slime clogging up the sea.

However, according to Swedish Radio News, wind strength and temperatures will ultimately decide whether the microbes flourish.

Last year the algae season started unusually early, towards the end of June.

Related stories from around the North:

Canada: Missing sea ice data found in crusty Canadian algae, CBC News

Sweden:  Just how sick is the Baltic Sea?, Radio Sweden

United States:  Giant algae blooms thriving under thinning Arctic sea ice, CBC News

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