There is floating debris in my mead—Is this a cause for concern?

Some context: I fermented honey water with Red Star Premier Blanc wine yeast, nearly 4 weeks ago. Two weeks ago, I transferred the mead into another carboy for secondary fermentation, added in toasted oak chips, and a Campden tablet. 1 week ago, I removed the oak chips, and transferred the mead into a new carboy. The mead still has not cleared up, and I just noticed some floating debris with bubbles. Is this just yeast that got kicked up, and is this normal? Thanks for your help!

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    Looks totally fine to me. Likely some yeast rafts kicked up when the mead got aerated when racking into another container.
    – rob
    Mar 9 at 13:02

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OP's pic sure looks like normal yeast activity.

Any bubbly, fuzzy looking stuff or rafts with "tendrils" stretching outward (like in the pic below) can be a cause for concern. OP just has some yeast bobbing around and a few rafts of bubbles floating on top.

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  • Are you suggesting your photo shows a good or bad ferment? It looks like a Brettanomyces pellicle - Ref: brewer-world.com/pellicles-and-microbes-in-beer
    – Kingsley
    May 11 at 23:09
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    @Kingsley - I went back and read my answer. Yeah, it's a little hard to tell what I'm saying. I've edited it for clarification. Thanks.
    – HomeBrew
    May 13 at 11:32

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