Occurrence of Trichodesmium phenomenon in the Strait of Malacca

S.Z. Qasim


About 40 kilometers away from Pennang, a bloom of Trichodesmium was recorded in the Strait of Malacca on 18 April, 1979. The bloom was seen up to a distance of about 50 kilometres and was largely confined to the surface. The clumps of the algae appeared to be in a decaying phase. Floating oil slicks and tar slumps were also seen at the surface in the Strait of Malacca along the shipping route


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