Coral spawn lines beaches
IF you go down to the beach today you're in for a big surprise ? a thick green sludge lining the seashore. Coral are spawning on the reefs and the spawn is washing up on beaches in Boyne/Tannum.
Every year around this time the Tannum beaches and Boyne River are lined with this green sludge.
One resident who lived adjacent to Bray Park said the sludge changed colour from green to purple as the sun baked it dry. An EPA spokesperson said the foul-smelling bacteria sometimes resembled an oil slick.
The spokesperson said the naturally occurring cyanobacteria are common in Queensland waters between August and December when ocean temperatures increase and onshore winds become more prevalent.
The EPA has advised people to avoid contact with the bacteria as it may cause skin irritations and stomach upsets.
One family visiting the region with their five children seemed unfazed by all the foam and brown spawn.
'We're here to enjoy the sunshine. What a fabulous day to be at the beach!'