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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Bibliographic Data

Short Form
Whitelegge, 1891, Rec. Aust. Mus. 1(9): 179–192
Author
T. Whitelegge
Year
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
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