The “Cell from Hell” Is Back in North Carolina Estuaries

Two menhaden fish among 300,000 dead in recent weeks in the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers of North Carolina's estuaries. The large red and bleeding sores are typical of the Pfiesteria dinoflagellate which can be either an algae plant or amoeba animal, depending upon environmental conditions. In its amoeba form, it likes to eat fish. Photograph © 2000 by Rick Dove.
Two menhaden fish among 300,000 dead in recent weeks in the Neuse and Pamlico Rivers of North Carolina's estuaries. The large red and bleeding sores are typical of the Pfiesteria dinoflagellate which can be either an algae plant or amoeba animal, depending upon environmental conditions. In its amoeba form, it likes to eat fish. Photograph © 2000 by Rick Dove.

July 9, 2000  New Bern, North Carolina - In southeastern Europe the past several days, temperatures above 100 degrees in many places - and up to 113 degrees in the Turkey and Romania region - have killed at least 38 people. Strong winds from the Sahara desert began blowing on Friday causing hundreds of fires in Greece, Italy and Croatia. And this is only the first of July. What happens in August and September?

 

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