The Pretty Colors: Weird Water

To outdoor sports enthusiasts, water is important. The quality and cleanliness, the clarity and the color, and many more factors are involved in creating a favorable outdoor sports experience. We love clean, clear water that fosters lots of life so we can fish and fin in a healthy environment. But have you ever come across a stream, creek, river, or other body of water that has a strange color? I’m not talking about the chocolate milk we get in the spring or fall when rivers are flooded with mud and silt. I’m talking about colors that should never be associated with clean, fresh water. It happens, and not just for St. Patrick’s Day, either. Here are just a few cases of weird water.

Sea Sparkle Algae Dazzles Beachgoers At Tasmania’s Preservation Bay

Leanne Marshall via Storyful

Imagine walking on a pristine Tasmanian beach and seeing this amazing azure light display. If you’ve ever witnessed a bioluminescent event like this one, you definitely were fortunate. This incredible blue glow is caused by single-celled algae or plant plankton called Noctiluca scintillans, also known as sea sparkle, which glimmers when disturbed. Scientists believe there is no toxic effect from the algae, and the blue glow is used as a deterrent to predators.

GLOBAL SHOCK: The Antarctic is turning LUMINOUS GREEN


When you think of the Antarctic, lush green colors don’t usually enter your mind. You think of harsh, icy deserts with white expanses as far as the eye can wander. However, recently scientists have spotted a bright green patch of ice which covers about 650 square miles…and it’s still growing. What is the cause? The best guess is a massive bloom of phytoplankton.

River Turns Purple in Taiwan

Okay, when you consider strange colors that water could change to, blue and green aren’t all that strange. But what about other colors in the rainbow not immediately associated with H2O? What about purple? Purple water? It happened in Taiwan in 2015, to a river that supplied a village with all of its drinking water. The one kilometer stretch of purple cleared before local authorities could test the water, but officials have said the source of the pollution was a nearby factory, which discharged waste directly into the river.

Three Million Gallons of Contaminated Water Turns River Orange in Colorado

I would think orange is another of those colors you don’t want your water, unless it’s juice-infused, and I have a feeling the Animas River in Colorado wasn’t filled with Minute Maid. Actually, workers with the Environmental Protection Agency accidentally released 3 million gallons of waste water from the Gold King Mine in Silverton, Colorado. The contaminated water contained heavy metals, including lead and arsenic, turning the river water into a murky orange and yellow color.

Locals Horrified As Water Turns Scary Shade Of Red

Zoe NaumanThe Sun

Now this one is straight out of a horror movie, or a biblical plague, and though the world has witnessed rivers mysteriously turning red overnight, it doesn’t get any less disturbing. This incident occurred in Russia in 2016. While some residents were decrying the end of the world and the river turning to blood, others with more level heads thought it was either mineral ore leaching into the water or it was an accidental spill from a local smelting plant.

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