Algal bloom

Algal bloom on the sea by Hove beach photo credit Abi McLoughlinIf you see sludgy looking stuff that doesn't smell very nice on parts of the beach during the summer, don't panic! It's called algal bloom.

It's a natural phenomenon that happens when the sea starts to warm up and tiny creatures called algae start reproducing. The algal bloom is nothing to worry about as it is harmless.

The algal bloom 'season' lasts about four weeks and then disappears again.

If you're concerned about something that you find on the beach please call the seafront office on 01273 292716.

Photo - Abi McLoughlin