Photo: Australian Blood Red Beaches

A swimmer stops short of a red algae bloom at Sydney’s Clovelly Beach, Nov. 27, 2012, which closed some beaches for swimming including Bondi Beach for a period of time. (William West/AFP/Getty Images)

The water at the Sydney’s famous beaches, Bondi Beach, as well as nearby Clovelly Beach and Gordon’s Bay had turned red.

Algae bloom caused the water to turn red.

The red algae was identified as Noctiluca scintillans or sea sparkle.

The hot and humid weather caused the algae to grow.

People were advised not to swim in algae-coloured water because it has high ammonia levels that can irritate our skin.

Fortunately the red algae is not toxic.

Anyway lifeguard Bruce Hopkins told the Australian Associated Press that, “It has got quite a fishy smell to it.”

In July, 2011 green algae named enteromorpha prolifera had invade a coastline of Qingdao in Shandong Province (please click here for the photos) and turn the water yellow green

Please click the photos for bigger images:

Please click here for to see a photo of a pink lake, also in Australia named Lake Hiller.

Author: Ahmad Ali Karim

Blogger. Official Ambassador at Muafakat Pendidikan Johor (MPJ). Columnist at Utusan Malaysia. Secretary at Pertubuhan Permuafakatan Pendidikan Malaysia (ME'DIDIK).

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