Australian Museum Journal On the recent discolouration of the waters of Port Jackson

Shortform:
Whitelegge, 1891, Rec. Aust. Mus. 1(9): 179–192
Author(s):
Whitelegge, T.
Year published:
1891
Title:
On the recent discolouration of the waters of Port Jackson
Serial title:
Records of the Australian Museum
Volume:
1
Issue:
9
Start page:
179
End page:
192
DOI:
10.3853/j.0067-1975.1.1891.1253
Language:
English
Plates:
plate xxviii
Date published:
31 October 1891
Cover date:
31 October 1891
ISSN:
0067-1975
CODEN:
RAUMAJ
Publisher:
The Australian Museum
Place published:
Sydney, Australia
Digitized:
23 July 2009
Reference number:
1253
EndNote package:
EndNote file
Title page:
Title page (99kb PDF)
Complete work:
Complete work (1633kb PDF)

Abstract

Towards the latter end of last March, the citizens of Sydney were astonished and alarmed by the sudden discolouration of the water in Port Jackson. The water in the harbour in many places presented the appearance of blood, and the Board of Health immediately requested Mr. W. M. Hamlet, the Government Analyst, to report on the matter. He found that the red colour was due to the presence of a minute organism, which he thought might be the Englena sanguine, Ehrenberg. Immediately after the publication of this report, quite a number of people gave their views of this somewhat mysterious discolouration. It was suggested that it was due to zoospores of some marine Algae, to the Trichodesmium which discolours the Red Sea; and to the young of Medusae; whilst others maintained that it was caused by blood and other refuse turned into the harbour from the abattoirs.

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