There are a number of patches (5-15meters wide) where ever I looked along the Venus Bay beach today. Whilst the foam and waves where heavily stained, the amount of staining on the beach at low tide (early morning) is consistent with the “urban legend” that these blooms are only a day light phenomena. The characteristic circular patterns as the diatoms slide off bubbles in the surf foam are still the easiest way to identify these surf diatom blooms.
Surf Diatom Bloom at Beach 1
Seperate bloom of Surf Diatom At Beach 5