Foul smell reported across Neiafutahi, more Red Blood Seas spotted

    A strong rotten egg smell had locals of Neiafutahi in Vavaʻu crying foul as investigators scrambled to determine what caused the sea at the village’s beach turned blood red this week.

    The sea at Neiafutahi beach turned red on Sunday and the colour remained until yesterday before it turned green and muddy followed by a fish die-off.

    Locals were warned not to eat fish from the sea area and to keep away from the scene because of the odour while a geologist at Tonga’s Ministry of Natural Resources said they found more similar red blood seas in other sea areas of Vavaʻu.

    Picture of dead fishes found at Neiafutahi sea yesterday January 1, 2015. Picture: Filomena Hansen
    Picture of dead fishes found at Neiafutahi sea yesterday January 1, 2015. Picture: Filomena Hansen

    Various unofficial theories have been proposed to explain why the sea changed its ocean colour but some believed it was caused by an algal bloom – “a rapid increase or accumulation in the population of algae (typically microscopic) in an aquatic system”.

    Taniela Kula, the Deputy Secretary of Natural Resources and Geologist said they have yet to determine the cause of the red blood sea and how it can be linked to the fish die-off but investigation was continuing and they would release a statement soon.

    He said the geologist in Vava’u has reported sightings of more red blood seas in other areas in  the islands.

    The smell was reported as far away as central Neiafu, the capital of Vavaʻu.

    A local broadcaster Manu Tapueluelu was at the scene yesterday and she commented on her Facebook page and said: “…Ugly Smells still going through Loto Neiafu right now which is sooo disturbing,message is ‘stay away from eating seafood,fish etc etc for awhile now people”.

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    1. Kuo fehānuaki e kakai ʻo Neiafutahi pehē pe ki loto Neiafu koeʻuhi ko ha fuʻu namufaikehe fau kuo maheʻa mei he matātahi Neiafutahí lolotonga ʻení ʻoku fekeli e kau fakatotoló ke ʻilo ko e hā ko ā e tupuʻanga ne liliu ai ʻo lanu toto kulokula e matātahi e koló ni he uike ní.

      Naʻe ha lanu toto kulokula e tahi he matātahi ʻo Neiafutahí ʻi he Sāpaté pea ne nōfoʻi ai pe ʻo toki aʻu mai ki ʻaneafí ʻaho 1ʻo Sanuali 2015 kuo mafuli ia ʻo lanumata mo pelepela pea mate foki mo e fanga iká.

      Kuo fai ha fakatokanga ki he kakaí ke ʻoua te nau kai ha ika mei he potu tahí ni pea ken au fakamamaʻo foki mei he feituʻu kuo hoko tonu ai e faingataʻá ni telia hono ngaahi felihaʻá.

      Kuo lahi e ngaahi fakakaukau kuo faʻu kau ki he meʻa ko ʻeni kuo hokó ka ʻoku ʻi ai ʻa e kau tui mālohi ko e nunuʻa angamaheni pe ʻeni tupu mei he faʻahinga limu ʻo e tahí ʻi he taimi ʻoku nau matala ai.

      ʻOku ʻai ʻene fuʻu tutupu pe ʻana ʻo mafola fakafokifā pea ʻokú ne tuku ange mai e huʻa kona ʻe konā ai e iká mo e ngaahi meʻamoʻui ʻo tahí pea ne toe liliu ʻe ia ʻa e lanu ʻo e tahí ke hā lanu kulokula.

      Kuo pehē ʻe Taniela Kula ko e Tokoni Sekelitali ia ʻa e Potungāue Koloa Fakaenatulá pea ko e Siolosisi foki ia ʻoku teʻeki lava ken au fakapapauʻi ko e hā ʻa e tupuʻanga ʻo e meʻa ni mo ʻene fekauʻaki mo e mate ʻa e iká ka
      ʻoku kei hoko atu pe ʻenau fakatotoló.

      Naʻá ne pehē ʻe vave ni mai pe haʻanau tuku mai ha fakamatala kau ki ai.

      Naʻá ne pehē kuo lipooti mai mei Vavaʻu mei heʻenau siolosisi ai ʻoku toe ʻasi mo e meʻa tatau ʻi he ngaahi feituʻu tahi kehe pe ʻi Vavaʻu neongo ne ʻikai ke ne ʻomi ʻa e fakaikiiki ki ai.

      Kuo aʻu e namu haʻahaʻa ʻo e meʻa kuo hokó ni ki loto Neiafu.

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