Sydney, Australia beaches closed due to rare red algae bloom (14 Photos)


  • Elizabeth Davis

    I wonder if this could be an explanation for one of the plagues "water turned to blood".

  • Christoffer

    "That's quite a view…"
    "Yes it is… quite a view"

  • The Occupant

    Makes you wonder if a similar thing happening in the Nile was the origin of that particular biblical plague in Egypt.

  • Carlos

    Diatoms a bacteria that can cause red tides in large quanitities. can make shellfish poisonous and cause whales to become confused and beach themsevels

    • Serinanth

      Diatoms are phytoplankton, not bacteria.

  • Bobby

    how you gonna find nemo now?

  • Dconlon

    When the river runs red, take the Hershey highway

  • Allister Michael Dodgson Blossfeld

    I'm pretty sure that's Manly beach, it's only the manliest one around. Unfortunately it looks like it's having a sick day.

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  • lebelge

    Wasn't there something in the bible about the water will turn to blood, or something? maybe this apocalypse is real…I'm not going to buy into the hype.

  • Edward Scott

    The river will run red with Burgundy's blood!!!!!!

  • Dale

    It's not Sydney, it's not Manly beach. It's Lorne in Victoria not far from Bells Beach

    • muz

      I think you might need to check out the news, It is Nsw. The beaches that were closed are North Wollongong beach on Thursday and Clovelly, Bronte and Tamarama, Bilgola, Mona Vale, Palm Beach and Newport and there was some of the red algae also spotted at Newcastle.

  • Schwienstiega

    Saving Private Ryan

  • Bobby R.

    Red slime algae is actually not a "true" algae at all, but classified as a cyanobacteria. Often considered to be the evolutionary link between bacteria and algae, cyanobacteria are one of the oldest forms of life on earth and date back at least 3.5 billion years. These organisms produce oxygen as a byproduct of photosynthesis, and scientists believe that if it weren't for this microscopic organism, there would be no blue skies on Earth. Link information citied from…. EXT aquariums.

    • Serinanth

      Nitrogen makes the sky blue.

  • VanCan

    #12: Bird is like, what the heck?

  • Daniel

    I learned about this in Marine Biology class. I think recognizing this Chive post might be the most productive thing to come from that class.

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