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Algal bloom turns the sea red in Laxey

Natural phenomenon 'generally non-toxic'

The sea turned red in Laxey earlier this week. 

An algal bloom occurred, turning the water red as it lapped onto the beach.

Algal blooms are a natural phenomenon and not uncommon around parts of the Island at this time of year, during calm, warm conditions.

They are generally non-toxic, but can attract other organisms such as Jellyfish, which feed on the algae.

As a result bathers are advised to avoid swimming through patches of high discolouration.

In the evening the algae can put on a fairly spectacular light show along the shoreline, known scientifically as bioluminescence.

On the downside it can produce an unpleasant, fishy smell. 

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