Quirky News

  • 28 November 2012, 12:00

Sea turns blood red at Bondi Beach

Sydney's iconic Bondi Beach resembled a scene from a horror movie after algae turned the sea blood red.

Patches of the red algae, a natural phenomenon that can be exacerbated by certain weather conditions, were sighted between Bondi Beach and Maroubra Beach.

Both Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach were closed while authorities conducted tests in the water. Gordon's Bay was also closed due to the algal bloom.

Waverley head lifeguard Bruce Hopkins said the bloom was first spotted drifting off the north side of Bondi Beach.

"It has got quite a fishy smell to it,'' he said. "It can irritate some people's skin but generally not much more than that."