Red Tide Prompts Testing Along Sydney, AU Eastern Beaches 11/27/12

SEVERAL popular Sydney beaches, including the iconic Bondi, resembled scenes out of a apocalyptic film today after an algae bloom turned the water 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 this morning.

Both Bondi Beach and Clovelly Beach were closed while authorities conduct tests in the water.

Gordon's Bay was also closed due to the algal bloom, with Beachwatch posting a photograph on Twitter showing water the colour of tomato juice.

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Bondi Beach could be closed for up to 36 hours while tests are conducted on the algal bloom that stained the water a red colour this morning.

A spokeswoman for Sydney Water said a maintenance team, including a water quality expert, arrived at Bondi at 11am to carry out extensive tests on site, plus take samples to be tested in laboratories.

''We think it is looking very likely that it is a blue-green algal bloom,'' she said.

Sydney Water's maintenance team is also taking samples from other beaches affected by the bloom, including Clovelly, Tamarama and Bronte.

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