Sea sparkle algae turns Felixstowe sea orange

Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team were called out to two incidents over the weekend

Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team were called out to two incidents over the weekend - Credit: Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team

Orange sea sparkle was found in the sea off Felixstowe's beaches over the weekend, as Felixstowe Coastguard Rescue Team also helped someone with a broken ankle. 

The rescue team was first called out to reports of possible pollution in the sea on Sunday, June 6, but it was later discovered that it was in fact sea sparkle. 

In this case the sea sparkle is not thought to be harmful, and is thought to be a natural occurring algae. 

Later on that day the coastguard team was also called out to a casualty with a broken ankle. 

Once the team located the person they provided first aid until the ambulance arrived. 

Once the paramedics were on scene pain relief was given and the team then helped the paramedic get the person into the ambulance. 

An Environment Agency spokesperson said: “We are aware of the orange algal bloom off Felixstowe beach, which we believe to be the harmless marine algae Noctiluca scintillans, commonly known as ‘sea sparkle’.

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“Algal blooms occur naturally during spring and summer in response to rising temperatures and longer days.

“Anyone witnessing pollution in the sea or on beaches should call our 24-hour emergency helpline on 0800 807060.”


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