VIEW: The discolouration in the water at Mooloolaba Spit this morning.
VIEW: The discolouration in the water at Mooloolaba Spit this morning. Warren Lynam

Mooloolaba 'oil spill' not what it seems

REPORTS of a fuel or oil spill at Mooloolaba Spit came through this morning but we can all rest easy.

The dark discolouration in the water down past beach access 195 appears to be seasonal coral spawn.

Maritime Safety Queensland's Sunshine Coast office at Parkyn Pde, Mooloolaba had received no reports of any fuel or oil spill this morning.

Lifesavers had been alerted by the public to what was a suspected fuel or oil spill, but believed the discolouration was coral spawn, which has been sweeping through the region this week.

Coral spawn and sea lice swept into Mooloolaba en masse only a month ago. Here it is from above.
Coral spawn and sea lice swept into Mooloolaba en masse only a month ago. Here it is from above. Graeme Gillies, Blue Tongue Heli

The coral spawn has brought with it a bit of sea lice too, so anyone with today off should be wary, your cooling swim may carry a little sting, while there have been plenty of large bluebottles and jellyfish on Coast beaches over the past week.

Surf Life Saving Queensland Sunshine Coast regional manager Aaron Purchase said it appeared to be a coral spawn patch in the corner of Mooloolaba Spit beach stretching around the mouth of the Mooloolah River.

Mr Purchase said all beaches remained open on the Coast at present, as the region enjoys some of the largest swells in months, but beaches would be monitored throughout the day as conditions changed.


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