Tourists were disappointed over Boracay algae found along the coastline.
Boracay algae is making headlines as local and foreign visitors showed dismay over the thick green stuff covering the coast’s white sand.
For starters, algae are a diverse group of aquatic organisms. Most algae types are familiar to people, such as seaweeds which include kelp or phytoplankton, and pond scum and algal blooms in lakes.
For the common men, algae is the wet and slippery green plant that looks like mats which we call moss.
For Filipinos, algae is simply lumot.
Instead of fine, powdery white sand under crystal clear beach water, vacationers were underwhelmed at the sight of the algae which gave the waters a faint shade of green.
“Medyo pangit tingnan kasi hindi na ganoon kalinaw tingnan ‘yung beach. Sana maalagaan nila,” says a male tourist in Boracay when asked for his opinion.
Another first-time vacationer says she only took a dip in the waters once and have no plans of coming back due to the algae.
“First time ko talaga dito sa Boracay. Ine-expect ko talagang makita ‘yung green, blue water. Pero nagulat ako nang makita ko ‘yung lumot. Isang beses lang ako naligo. Hindi na ako bumalik,” says a Filipina.
Locals reported that the green algae only appears during the first few months of the year and eventually disappears by summertime.
Experts, on the other hand, are alarmed over the growing thickness of the algae every year.
It is believed that the phenomenon is a result of the growing population in the beach coupled with the lack of waste treatment facilities available to preserve the wonders of the island.
Experts add that untreated water is what cultivates the said organisms.
Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) stated that “Direct discharge of untreated waste water near the shore brings about poor water quality level that consequently results in frequent algal blooms and coral reef deterioration.” back in 2015.
Moreover, it was revealed that more to untreated water, tourism-related activities had been damaging Boracay’s coral reef ecosystem and resulting to the so-called “green tide”, a JICA study back in 2010 to 2015 shows.
Additionally, Environmental Management Bureau 6-B has been monitoring coliform levels along the coast.
Their studies revealed that the coliform level has risen in some parts of the famous tourist attraction, though not reaching a critical level.
Coliform are a collective bacteria that is produced from human or animal waste which causes skin diseases or bacterial infections.