This week we saw the diatom Skeletonema sp. blooming in Homer Harbor and Peterson Bay. Skeletonema sp. are found worldwide and often present in Kachemak bay, cells are connected to adjoining cells by “knuckles” on threads extending between the cells. Skeletonema sp.are considered a good food source for oysters and zooplankton.
Additional information, including qualitative analysis of phytoplankton data, is available in the Phytoplankton Update for Aug 20th – Aug 26th.