Blood Red Beach: Water in Sydney Beach Turns Red Due to Algae Bloom (Video)

By on Nov 28, 2012 in Australia, Environment, Science, Weird, World Comments
Blood red beach in Sydney

Blood red beach in Sydney, Australia
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A blood red beach was reportedly closed down due to an algae bloom in the waters of Sydney, Australia on Tuesday, November 27, 2012.

Spokesman for Metropolitan Sydney South Coast and Hunter Regional Algal Co-ordinating Committees, James Muddle said the algae bloom in the Bondi Beach was reportedly caused by Noctiluca scintillans, a “nutrient, rich deep in the ocean water and onto the continental shelf.”

Blood red beach water in Sydney
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Algal experts revealed that Noctiluca scintillans were also the reason behind the earlier closure of other Sydney and central coast beaches that include Clovelly Beach and Gordon’s Bay. Experts explained that algae blooms becomes prevalent during hot, humid weather. Spring weather in Australia is now in transition to Summer, which usually begins in December.

According to a spokeswoman for Sydney Water, a maintenance team that include a water quality expert, arrived at the Bondi beach at 11am to carry out extensive tests on site and take samples to be tested in laboratories.

Bondi Beach reopened in the afternoon after traces of Noctiluca scintillans faded and disappeared. Only a few traces of the algae were seen on the sand.

Reports say that the red algae is non-toxic, however, the red-colored water contains a high level of ammonia that can cause skin and eye irritation.

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