Red Tide: bloody good wave at Bondi Beach

A rare red algae has invaded the waves and sands of Bondi Beach, coming from off the coast of eastern Australia.


The thick bloom was caused by noctiluca scintillans, a dinoflagellate marine algae that is also called "Sea Sparkle", because it exhibits bioluminescence.

"As the algae die and sink in the shallow coastal water, they decompose and oxygen is taken from the water column. This can lead to temporary low oxygen zones", explains Lauren Freeman, from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in San Diego.

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Beach cigarettes: the end is near

Smoking has been banned from Wrightsville Beach, in USA. It is the first beach in North Carolina to ban smoking on its sands.


Wrightsville Beach is one of the most beautiful beaches on the North Carolina coast.  On any given day, you can find people including many children and families enjoying a perfect day at the beach relaxing, strolling, picnicking, bathing and surfing.

Discarded cigarette butts and drifting second hand smoke can also be found at Wrightsville Beach causing health concerns for the many people and wildlife that visit and live in town.

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Jack Johnson: helping the victims of Hurricane Sandy

Jack Johnson has donated a total of $50,000 to six organizations working to help the victims of Hurricane Sandy, in the East coast of USA.


The Hawaiian pop star and former pro surfer will distribute donations to the Food Bank for New York City, the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Save the Children, Waves for Water, GlobalGiving and Direct Relief International.

There are tens of thousands displaced from their homes and over 600,000 people still without power, as the relief efforts continue in the Atlantic coast.

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