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Australia beaches reopen after red algal bloom

Published on Nov 30, 2012 3:06 PM
This file photo taken on November 27, 2012 shows a swimmer heading towards a red algae bloom at Sydney's Clovelly Beach which closed some beaches for swimming including Bondi Beach for a period of time. -- PHOTO: AFP

SYDNEY (AFP) - Beaches around southeastern Australia's coastline reopened on Friday after a red algal bloom that glowed a phosphorescent blue at night forced them to close to the public.

The algae, noctiluca scintillans, forced swimmers and surfers out of the water at Sydney's Bondi and a number of neighbouring beaches earlier this week, and it spread along the fringes of two states.

One of the worst affected beaches, Clovelly in Sydney, reopened on Friday, just in time for a predicted heatwave over the weekend.

"There is no sign of the red algal bloom that kept the beach closed from Tuesday to Thursday this week," the local council said, a sentiment echoed by other councils along the city's northern beaches.

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