Manila Bay's Turquoise Discoloration Is Pollution, Says Experts
Manila Bay is one of the most polluted bodies of water in the Philippines. It had once been described as a “cesspool,” but curiously, its waters have turned a stunning turquoise color.
The following pictures posted on Facebook show the uncharacteristically bright color of the bay, which is usually black.
In a different post, Facebook page Live-Zone PH uploaded a video showing the changed color of the bay. The video was taken at the seaside area of the Mall of Asia.
The striking discoloration could be due to other environmental reasons, such as algal bloom and chemical pollutants.
“Based on previous reports of Marine Environmental Protection Command, the water's discoloration occurs when there are pollutants," said Commodore Arman Balilo of the Philippine Coast Guard to GMA News reporter Chino Gaston. The Philippine Coast Guard is currently investigating the discoloration in the water.
Fisherfolk group PAMALAKAYA also issued a statement regarding the matter. "The [DENR] should get to the bottom of this. In case, on whatever establishment or entity responsible for a possible pollution discharge should be held accountable over violation of the government’s very own rehabilitation drive of Manila Bay."