Monday January 23, 2023


Scripps Institution of Oceanography researchers waded into the chilly waters of Los Penasquitos lagoon on Friday preparing to paint the ocean pink.

Brian Woodward, a research and development engineer at Scripps, dropped a small buoy just a few feet from shore. That buoy drifted in the tide driven fresh water with a long plastic hose firmly attached.

“We’ve got a lot of moving pieces here,” Woodward said.

Shortly after 9 a.m., the team began pumping nontoxic pink dye through the hose and out into the lagoon.

It did not take long for the tide driven fresh water to start pushing the dye out into the rough winter surf.

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