UPDATE: Phuket Officials Say Black Water at Patong Beach Is Caused by a ‘Plankton Bloom’


The Phuket Fisheries Office says black water on Patong Beach is caused by plankton bloom which is a normal annual phenomenon in the Summer.

Our previous story:

Photos of Patong beach with black water has gone viral in social media this week.

Now for the update:

The Phuket Fisheries Office Chief Mr. Sitthiphon Mueangsong told the Phuket Express that the black water is is a normal phenomenon that has happened every year in Summer. It is called plankton bloom. The sea water turns dark brown, red, green, or black after the amount of seaweed has increased. However, this will not last very long and not affect tourism.


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Goongnang Suksawat
Goong Nang is a News Translator who has worked professionally for multiple news organizations in Thailand for many years and has worked with The Pattaya News for more than four years. Specializes primarily in local news for Phuket, Pattaya, and also some national news, with emphasis on translation between Thai to English and working as an intermediary between reporters and English-speaking writers. Originally from Nakhon Si Thammarat, but lives in Phuket and Krabi except when commuting between the three.