Vavaʻu beach sea turns blood red sparking panic

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The water in Neiafutahi's beach turned red baffling locals. Picture: Filomena Hansen

The sight of a blood red sea sparked panic at Vavaʻu’s Neiafutahi beach in Tonga this week.

Villagers were in fear to find the sea had turned crimson and that it happened towards the end of the year 2014.

Some people believed this was a biblical sign the world would end soon or perhaps whales had been killed in the waters.

Filomena Hansen  uploaded pictures of the event to Facebook and she simply commented. “OMG don’t tell me it’s the last dreadful day”.

She told Kaniva News the colour was first spotted on Sunday 29 but it was only widely known to villagers yesterday as the red blood sea increasingly spread in size.

We could not be able to obtain comments from Tonga’s Ministry of Natural Resources.

However the episode is not new as it happened in the past in other countries of the world.

Neiafutahi sea turned red. It was first spotted on Sunday 29 December 2014 Picture: Filomena Hansen
Neiafutahi sea turned red. It was first spotted on Sunday 29 December 2014 Picture: Filomena Hansen

On one occasion in 2012, some of Sydney’s most popular beaches were closed as the water turned blood red but the colour was caused by a bloom of algae.

When such event was caused by bloom of algae people called it red tides but scientists prefer the term harmful algal bloom.

“It is caused by microscopic algae that produce toxins that kill fish and make shellfish dangerous to eat. The toxins may also make the surrounding air difficult to breathe…and often turns the water red”.

Meanwhile there were reports of an underwater vent spotted at north of Nuku’alofa this morning which billowed steam of over 3000 metres high above sea level.

Before last Christmas there were reports of large plume of ash erupted violently at Hunga volcano in Haʻapai.

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  1. Kuo hoko hano ‘ilo ha liliu e konga he tahi he matātahi ʻo Neiafutahi ‘i Vavaʻú he uike ni ‘o lanu toto kulokulá ke manavahē ai ha ni’ihi.

    Na’e manavahē e kakai e koló hono ʻilo kuo liliu lanu kulokula mālohi ʻa e vaí ni pea toe hoko mai ʻoku teu e fakaʻosinga taʻu ʻo e 2014.

    Ne tui e niʻihi ko e fakaʻilonga faka-Tohi Tapu ʻeni ia ʻe vavé ni pe ʻosi ʻa māmani pe mahalo ne tāmateʻi ha tofuaʻa he tahí ni.

    Ne hanga ʻe he toko taha ko Filomena Hansen ʻo tuku hake ki he Feisipuká ha ngaahi ʻata ʻo e meʻa ko ʻeni ne hokó mo ʻai ai ʻene lau ʻo pehē: ʻOi fakapō ʻoua ʻe tala mai kiate au ko e ʻaho fakalilifu fakaʻosi ʻeni”.

    Naʻá ne pehē ki he Kanivá ne ʻuluaki fakatokangaʻi e lanú ʻi he Sāpate ʻo e uike ní ʻaho 29 ka ne toki ʻilo lahia ʻe he kakaí ʻaneafi fakataha mo e fakalalahi e mafola ʻa e lanu totó.

    Ne ʻikai lava ke mau maʻu ha fakamatala mei he Potungāue Koloa Fakanatula ʻa Tongá kau ki he meʻá ni.

    Kaekehe ʻoku ʻikai foʻou ʻa e meʻa ia ko ʻeni he kuo tā tuʻolahi ʻene ʻasi ʻana ʻi he ngaahi fonua kehe ʻo māmaní.

    ʻI ha meʻa ʻe taha naʻe hoko ʻi he 2012 ne iku tapuni ai ʻa e ngaahi matātahi lahi ʻo Senē koeʻuhi ko e maliu ʻa e tahí ʻo lanu totototo ka ko hono moʻoni naʻe tupu ia mei he matala ʻa e faʻahinga limu ʻi tahi ʻoku ui he lea ʻIngilisí ko e algae pe ʻalasī ʻi he lea faka-Tonga.

    ʻOku ui ʻe he kakai tokolahi ʻi muli ko e huʻa kulokula ka ʻoku manako ui ia ʻe he kau saianisí ko e matala ʻa e ʻalasī fakatupu maumaú.

    ʻOku hanga ʻe he ʻalasī pe limu ko ʻení ʻo fanauʻi ha huʻa kona ʻe lava ke ne tamateʻi ʻa e ika mo liliu e fīngotá ke kona fakatupu mate ʻo ka kai ʻe ha taha. ʻOku toe faʻa malava ke maʻahi ha namu haʻahaʻa mālohi fau mei he feituʻu tahi ko ʻeni ʻoku hoko tonu ai e meʻá ni pea ʻikai kei faʻa lava ʻe ha niʻihi ofi ai ke mānava lelei.

    Ka ʻoku ne faʻa hoko ke liliu ai ʻe he limu ni ʻa e tahi ke ʻasi kulokula.

    Taimi tatau foki kuo ʻi ai ha ngaahi lipooti ʻo ha mao lahi ne fakatokangaʻi ne maʻalifekina he vavaá feituʻu fakatokelau ʻo Nukuʻalofá fakafuofua ne ʻova ʻi he mita ʻe 3,000 ʻene mavahe mei he fukahi tahi.

    Ki muʻa he Kilisimasí ne toki ʻosí ne ʻi ai ha ngaahi lipooti ʻo ha fuʻufuʻunga efu lahi faufau ne puhiʻi fakatuputupu langi he moʻungaafi Hungá ʻi Haʻapai.

  2. Ko ia oku fanongo mo mamata kene faa FIFILI PEA FK KAUKAU ihe HOLY BIBLE book of Revelation 16:3
    (New International Version)
    The second angel poured out his bowl on the sea and it turned into blood like that of a dead person and every living thing in the sea DIED.

    (English Standard Version)
    The second angel poured out his bowl into the sea and it became like the blood of a corpse and everything in the sea DIED.

    (King James Bible)
    And the second angel poured out his VIAL upon the sea and it became as the blood of a dead man and every living soul died in the sea