KARACHI – The people of Karachi have been feeling a strange, mysterious smell in the environment of the city since past few days.
Different people have come up with different theories abut the smell. Some said it was the garbage thrown at the seaside was stinking due to heat. While others believed it was gutter leakage smell.
But, World Wildlife Federation (WWF) has come up with the actual reason behind this strange smell.
The WWF revealed in its statement, as quoted by ProPakistani that the stench was actually caused by the decay of small planktonic dinoflagellate called Noctiluca Scintillans (also known as Sea Sparkle).
This sea sparkle only blooms in rich waters with agricultural pollution and becomes visible when disturbed.
The reason it produces a high amount of Ammonia Gas is that Sea Sparkle feeds voraciously on phytoplankton which results in excretion of high volumes of ammonia gas.This leads to the death of marine life and pungent smell in the surroundings.
The process also causes damage to marine life.