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It’s not spawn, it’s not oil, it’s algae bloom

A NUMBER of beach goers may have noticed something a little fishy washed on-shore in the past week.

The Department of Environment and Heritage Protection confirmed it was a substance called trichodesmium algae bloom.

Which is common along the Queensland coastline between August and December, and is often mistaken for coral spawn or oil slicks.

A spokesperson said while it was relatively harmless, people should avoid direct contact with the trichodesmium in the water and on the beach as it had the potential to cause skin and eye irritations.

"It is also recommended that beach users ensure that their pets avoid contact with the material," they said.



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