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Warning: Bright green slime overtakes Coast waterways

A bright green, alien-like slime has taken over the Mooloolaba Wharf Marina.
A bright green, alien-like slime has taken over the Mooloolaba Wharf Marina. Bo Hanson

A BRIGHT green, alien-like slime has taken over the Mooloolaba Wharf Marina.

Local Bo Hanson saw the substance oozing out of a pipe in the waterways and posted the pictures on social media.

"This is coming out of the storm water drain at Mooloolaba Wharf Marina," he posted.

"Bright green. Not mixing with water...any ideas. Council did work on this drain a few weeks back."

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In December the Maroochy River turned a lurid shade of neon green, in a stunning visual display of nature.

The green slime was "stinky" and clung to the rocks and in the shallows along the river for more than a few hundred metres, from Chambers Island up past the Cod Hole.

 

A bright green, alien-like slime has taken over the Mooloolaba Wharf Marina.
A bright green, alien-like slime has taken over the Mooloolaba Wharf Marina. Bo Hanson

On that occasion, Maroochy Waterwatch and ECOllaboration CEO Cerran Fawns said the slime was most likely an algae called trichodesmium, that blooms when conditions are just right.

With so many nutrients being flushed out of the rivers, combined with the heat and sun light, the algae would bloom.

She said it would've washed up river when the tides, currents and winds aligned to push it inland from the open ocean.

 

A bright green, alien-like slime has taken over the Mooloolaba Wharf Marina.
A bright green, alien-like slime has taken over the Mooloolaba Wharf Marina. Bo Hanson

She said it can go from bright green to blue then a red-brown, and three years ago had turned Cornmeal Creek a vivid blue.

Ms Fawns advised people to "always stay out of it".

READ: The last time this natural phenomenon occurred.


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