Sea of Azov turned bloody red

Sea of Azov turned bloody red

Scientists and citizens are baffled as the waters of the Azov Sea turned bloody red close to Berdyansk village in mid-July, according to article published online by EnglishRussia. Villagers immediately suspected the great pollution from nearby factories. And older locals warned that it might be a sign of the coming events. Scientist however point that the most probable reason for bloody red color of the sea is algal blooms that are not dangerous to humans.

The researchers explained that the bright red color of the sea is result of high temperatures, which led to the blossoming of brown algae. The south-west wind "drove" algal blooms closer to shore. Further flowering could lead to fish deaths of mass proportions.

"If the Sea of ​​Azov continues with algal bloom, it will be a disaster with unpredictable consequences. If this heat is about to repeat several more years, the sea has the potential to be renamed from Azov in the Dead," said George Ryazantsev from the Research Institute of the Azov sea.

Although the director of the Institute Leonid Izergin claims that the sea is safe for swimming, villagers of Berdyansk don't believe him. They claim that the sea has a special metallic smell that worries them.

Berdyansk is known in Ukraine due to its sea port and industries. It is also home to a health resort with mud baths and climatic treatments. The brown algae are forming the composition of medicinal mud.


The Sea of Azov is the shallowest sea in the world with the depth varying between 0.9 metres (2 feet) and 14 metres (46 ft). The sea is 360 kilometres (220 miles) long and 180 kilometres (110 miles) wide and has an area of 39,000 square kilometres (15,000 sq miles) which makes it is the smallest sea within the countries of the former Soviet Union.

Artificial reduction of river flow (construction of dams), over-fishing and water-intense large-scale cultivation of cotton, caused increasing levels of pollution. Fish hauls have rapidly decreased and in particular anchovy fisheries have collapsed.

The sea is characterised by high concentrations of organic matter and long blooming periods. About 600 species of planktonic algae are known in the Sea of Azov. The number of species is dominated by diatoms and green algae; blue-green algae and pyrophites are significant, and euglena and yellow-green algae form only 5% of the species. Green algae are mostly responsible for the greenish colour of the sea in the satellite images.

Increasing navigation rates have resulted in more pollution and even in ecological disasters. On 11 November 2007, a strong storm resulted in the sinking of four ships in the Strait of Kerch, in the Russian Port of Kavkaz. As a result, about 1300 tons of fuel oil and about 6800 tons of sulfur entered the sea.

Sea of Azov features

The Sea of Azov is a sea on the south of Eastern Europe. It is linked by the narrow (about 4 km) Strait of Kerch to the Black Sea to the south and is bounded in the north by mainland Ukraine, in the east by Russia, and in the west by the Ukraine's Crimean Peninsula.

The sea is largely affected by the inflow of numerous rivers, which bring sand, silt, and shells, forming numerous bays, limans, and narrow sandbanks called spits. Because of these deposits, the sea bottom is relatively smooth and flat with the depth gradually increasing toward the sea centre. The Don and Kuban are the major rivers that flow into it.

Due to the river inflow, water in the sea has low salinity and high content of biological matter, such as green algae that affects the water colour. Abundant plankton results in unusually high fish productivity. The sea shores and spits are low; they are rich in vegetation and bird colonies.

Mud volcanoes

The Taman Peninsula has about 25 mud volcanoes, most of which are active. Their eruptions are usually quiet, spilling out mud, and such gases as methane, carbon dioxide and hydrogen sulfide, but are sometimes violent and resemble regular volcanic eruptions. Some of those volcanoes are under water, near the shores of the peninsula. A major eruption on 6 September 1799, near Golubitskaya, lasted about 2 hours and formed a mud island 100 metres in diameter and 2 metres in height but the island was then washed away by the sea. Similar eruptions occurred in 1862, 1906, 1924, 1950 and 1952.

Deluge theory and Atlantis

In 1997, William Ryan and Walter Pitman from Columbia University published a theory that a massive flood through the Bosporus occurred in ancient times. They claim that the Black and Caspian Seas were vast freshwater lakes, but then about 5600 BC, the Mediterranean spilled over a rocky sill at the Bosporus, creating the current link between the Black and Mediterranean Seas. Subsequent work has been done both to support and to discredit this theory, and archaeologists still debate it. This has led some to associate this catastrophe with prehistoric flood myths.

According to some researchers, the Island of Atlantis was located in southern Russia and Ukraine, and sank beneath the Sea of Azov.

Sources: Wikipedia, EnglishRussia, RPBriz, Danas, DAE


Lawr 9 months ago

Have I got this right? Mankind is wrecking the planet. All sorts of previously unnatural-looking but scientifically explicable consequences have followed. This looks like one of them. Entia non sunt multiplicanda praeter necessitatem. -- (Occam's razor) Bit close to Ukraine, though.

Marin Moreno 1 year ago

I believe that its the hand of God warnings mankind that the truth is in His that many has passed as fantasy. The meteor that exploded over Russia, decline of American power, famine in most prosperous nations, fear of global warming, weather shifts, earthquakes,the rise of Persia (Iran) growing hatred of Israel growth of nuclear threats from small nations, unrest, lawlessness, death of the unborn (abortions) nations going bankrupt, people lovers of pleasure more than lovers of God, growth of homosexual activity in the world. TIME TO MAKE A CHANGE YOUR LIVES/ TURN TO GOD & JESUS.

Christy (@Marin Moreno) 1 year ago

Scientists are not baffled by this, it has occurred numerous times in different places. It's an algae bloom. Rather than assume it's god and take no action in these instances apart from opportunistically promoting hate of gays and women's contraceptive rights, it's much safer to assume it's algae and take the necessary caution by investigating toxicity in shellfish so INNOCENT local people don't get poisoned, you irresponsible fear-mongering fools. We are advanced, we don't have to primitively blame the wrath of Zeus for natural occurrences anymore. Learn with us or be left to die by shellfish poisoning (or some other easily preventable death) because you don't understand how the natural world works...

me (@Christy) 1 year ago

No, you don't understand that God uses natural phenomena (yes, algae too!) to warn you. You just refuse to see His signs.

Carolyn Rose 2 years ago

The bible says it will happen and it is happening. One third of the waters will turn to blood and one third of of sea life will die and one third of man kind will die from the water and all this is happening. As predicted, the eufrates river is drying up in Irag. Since that has happened, they are plagued by horned vipers and large poisonous spiders. People are desperate for water. None of these threats to mankind is ever mentioned in mainstream news. Wormwood, meaning bitter will cause then ground water to kill an additional one third of man kind. Constant and ever increasing severity of quakes will restart continental drift. The largest will spilt the huge land masses. Be thankful for each day.

gg 2 years ago

Exodus 7:17 This is what the LORD says: By this you will know that I am the LORD: With the staff that is in my hand I will strike the water of the Nile, and it will be changed into blood. Its the end . All you that dont believe in JESUS u better repent!!!

adexter 2 years ago

Everything is warming up and will continue to do so. Expect more red waters. Expect more plant, animal, fish die offs. Expect more quakes and volcanic activity as the earth expands. Expect heavy weather, severe storms, extreme drought, no snow where it always snows. Expect a methane filled atmosphere. Expect cap melt oceanic raising. Expect the earth to create more water. Expect deserts like the Sahara forming in continental USA. Expect your life to change.

Lisa Rooker (@adexter) 2 years ago

Expect GOD !

Ben (@Lisa Rooker) 2 years ago

Amen! This is a sign that the end is near it says so in Revelation!!!

jeff jacobson 2 years ago

Blood Red Sea

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